Local City Commissioner Justin Troller and restaurant entrepreneurs Kenny Baldwin and Natalie Oldenkamp of Natalieâ€™s Sports Bar & Grill have joined forces to raise money for school supplies benefitting the students of 10 area elementary and middle schools. The idea surfaced when Kennyâ€™s daughter was assigned a school project that ultimately cost the family over $100. Kenny was shocked and couldnâ€™t imagine that every family in his daughterâ€™s school would be capable of affording such an expense. He expressed these concerns to Commissioner Troller one night at the restaurant, and the idea took off. Natalieâ€™s would hire him as a server, and Justin would donate his wages and tips to the cause. The group is in the process of forming a 501(c)3 and looking for matching donations from local businesses. Commissioner Trollerâ€™s goal is to raise $1,500 by the 24th of August.
Giving back is nothing new to Commissioner Troller. He promised during his campaign that he would donate his commission earnings to charity- and he has kept his promise, donating $12,000 to various Lakeland charities in 2008!
You can help Justin reach his goal and support a fellow Chamber business at the same time! Drop by Natalieâ€™s every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to closing, and request Justin as your server. Donâ€™t worry if you donâ€™t get Justin you can still enjoy a great dinner and support the cause by handing him $10 on the way out!
Natalieâ€™s is located at 3120 South Florida Avenue. For more information on how you can help, call Kenny Baldwin at 863-644-6000.