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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Restaurant raising funds for Bright Futures

  • A local business will be helping the Bright Futures program of the East Newton R-6 School District this Friday with a donation.
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  • STELLA — A local business will be helping the Bright Futures program of the East Newton R-6 School District this Friday with a donation.
    The Lentz-Carter Café, 778 Ozark St., Stella, will give 10 percent of their gross sales on Friday to help purchase school supplies for the school children of the East Newton school district.
    The café opens at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
    "I just try to help out the community, much as I can," said Charles Gray, owner of the café. "Bright Futures got a hold of me and they wanted to (have) us be a drop off spot (for school supplies). But my wife and I got to talking and (decided to hold this event)."
    The café started accepting the donations of school supplies about a week ago. The school supplies include paper, pens and other items.
    They are still accepting donations and thus far, Gray said he is impressed with the turnout of the donations. They have received a tote full.
    "What we are going to do with the 10 percent, was try to get a hold of the Bright Futures and figure what they have got (school supplies)," he said. "One of my waitresses is going to college at MSSU, she is in a sorority and they have to have so many hours of community service. So for her part of the community service, I am going to give the money to her and she is going to go buy the school supplies."
    As far as why he opted to pick Friday for this event, Gray said there were a couple of reasons.
    "One, it is one of our busiest days and (two), we have a dinner buffet," he added.
    As stated, Gray says he enjoys helping the community.
    "Here a few months ago, the Stella Volunteer Fire Department had a dinner and silent auction on a Saturday," he said. "And we took 10 percent of our Saturday sales and donated it to them."
    For more information, call the Lentz-Carter Café at 628-2233.
    The café has been open since November.

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