(Glendale, CA) -- The owners of the Original Roadhouse Grill restaurant chain announced today that they will host a day-long fundraiser at the company’s Everett, Washington restaurant for the families of five local police officers recently killed in the line of duty.
Bari Management, Inc. will donate 100% of the proceeds generated at the Everett store on Saturday, December 12 to the families of four Lakewood police officers – Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Gregory Richards, Ronald Owens and Tina Griswold - who were brutally gunned down November 29 while sitting in a local coffee shop, as well as to the wife and children of Officer Timothy Brenton, a member of the Seattle Police Department who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Halloween.
“These courageous men and woman dedicated their lives to preserving the safety of the residents of their community and made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Ralph Cimmarusti, who along with his brother Larry founded the company more than 35 years ago and continue to operate it today. “We want to honor these heroes and encourage other local restaurants and businesses to match the funds we raise on December 12.”
Fundraisers such as this have become an unfortunate tradition over the past 15 years for Bari, which owns and operates 52 Burger King Restaurants in addition to the 14-store Original Roadhouse Grill concept. “In 2008, we donated the entire day’s proceeds from one of our Burger King’s in Los Angeles to the family of LAPD SWAT officer Randal Simmons, who was tragically killed in the line of duty,” Larry Cimmarusti said. “Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of so many people, we were able to raise more than $100,000 for the family of Officer Simmons.”
The Everett Original Roadhouse Grill, located at 11804 Evergreen Way, will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. on December 12 and will remain open until 11:00 p.m. “We look forward to a memorable and bittersweet day celebrating and remembering these brave souls and generating a substantial amount for the wives, husband and children they leave behind,” Ralph Cimmarusti said.