On February 29th and March 1st, Agape Villages had two events involving raising money through tips. On Monday, Feb. 29th, Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon opened their doors for Agape Villages patrons and donated 10% of all sales. Additionally, Agape Villages staff and volunteers were the wait staff, so all tips went straight back to our organization. People were incredibly generous with their tips and over $2,700 was raised. The event, Tips for Change, was considered a great success. We are so thankful to all who participated.
On March 1st, a similar event, Tip A Hero, took place at Chili’s Restaurant in Manteca, but instead of Agape volunteers, it was the Manteca Police Department that provided officers to help the wait staff and collect tips for the children. Police Captain Charlie Goeken came and brough four other officers throughout the day to help with getting drinks, bussing tables, and passing out Police badge stickers to all the kids. The people who came into Chili’s that day were thrilled to be waited on by a police officer in uniform, and again, people gave generous tips. Over $1,700 was collected in just tips, not counting the money that will be donated from Chili’s, who is giving back 15% of sales for the day.
That’s over $4,000 raised for foster children in just two days! A big thank you to Gianni’s Italian Bistro, Chili’s Restaurant, and the Manteca Police Department, particularly Charlie Goeken, who coordinated all the details for Tip A Hero. We are so blessed to be in communities throughout Northern California where there are hearts for the children.