Denny’s night manager Priscilla Ramirez, third from left, presents a check for $1,000 collected from customers Thursday for Berrendo Middle School Students. United Way of Chaves County Executive Director Sherry Mumford, second from left, said the money will be divided between the two victims of last week’s shooting. Also shown are: BMS Principal Susie Martin, left, and three Denny’s servers. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
A benefit held Thursday by Denny’s Restaurant for the victims of last week’s Berrendo Middle School shooting raised $1,000.
The check was handed to United Way of Chaves County Executive Director Sherry Mumford Friday.
“These funds will go directly to the families injured,” Mumford said. “Right now, it’s a big financial hardship for them.”
Denny’s is one of several local businesses that have contributed money to the victims. Applebee’s Restaurant also collected a percentage of each customer’s tab one day this week and took other donations.
Monterrey Elementary School donated $1,200, Wells Fargo has collected $2,000 from the community and the United Way has received money from the public through its office and online, Mumford said.
Denny’s offered its customers a spaghetti dinner with a drink, toast and ice cream, charging $9 for adults and $4 for children, said night manager Priscilla Ramirez.
The restaurant also sold ribbons and had free face painting for children, provided by Let’s Play Entertainment. The servers wore shirts supporting Berrendo Middle School.
“This was our first fundraiser in Roswell,” Ramirez said. “It just meant so much for us to be part of something for the community … and show everybody that we’re here. We’re all very honored to be able to do something like this.”
BMS Principal Susie Martin thanked Ramirez, also a former student of BMS, at the restaurant Friday.
“The community has been wonderful — the parents, students, (Roswell Independent School District) counselors,” Martin said. “Everybody’s been wonderful to us.”