Archive for Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Basehor restaurant owner offering help for victims

September 7, 2005

Eat a hamburger, help the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Bill Buchholz, owner of Kelley's Grille and Bar in Basehor, on Thursday started his own relief fund -- for every regular-priced hamburger purchased at the store, Buchholz and his wife, Diane, will donate a dollar to the Red Cross for hurricane victims.

"I just thought it would be a good idea to try to help out," Buchholz said. "It's such a catastrophe. I just thought it was the least we could do."

Buchholz decided on the regular-priced hamburgers because it was an item "he could keep track of easily."

In addition, customers and employees have donated additional money to the relief effort.

"We didn't do it for publicity to get people to buy a hamburger," Buchholz said. "We're going to give a dollar of it to relieve some of that suffering that's going on down there."

Throughout the restaurant, Buchholz has posted signs that explain the hamburger fund-raiser. And in front of the restaurant, at 15540 State Ave. in Basehor, the Kelley's sign board explains the hurricane drive also.

Televisions in the restaurant remind customers and employees of the devastation that continues in Louisiana and Mississippi.

"We have it on all the time," Buchholz said. "It's incredible what's going on down there. Absolutely beyond belief."

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