PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Although the final figures won’t be known for a few more weeks, Taco John’s says so far, more than $11,000 has been raised to help the children of a former employee who was killed in a one vehicle accident last month. Taco John’s donated 50% of all the sales it made Wednesday to the Casey Crane Memorial Fund. General Manager LeRoy Carroll says that $14,500 in business was done from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, and that the sales figures set a Taco John’s record. He says the restaurant’s income that day was more than at any other Taco John’s in the nation for a one day period.
The 50% amount of $7,250 will go to Crane’s sons and extra money that has been given through a memorial fund at BankWest and placed in a jar and bucket at the order desk and the drive thru collected enough money to add up to more than $11,000. Carroll says the donation buckets are still displayed at Taco John’s and the account is still open, so the final figure won’t be known for a few more weeks.
Carroll says Wednesday’s donations by area citizens were extremely generous. He says he knew it would be a big day, but he didn’t anticipate the mass of customers that stopped in and the lines of cars that trekked along Sioux Avenue to get into the parking lot. He says the busiest times were from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and later in the day between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. The restaurant was manned by its normal employees, plus some volunteers and Taco John’s employees from Huron also came to assist for the day. Carroll says he has worked in different locations for the Taco John’s restaurant franchise over the past twenty years and says he has never experienced anything like the turnout that occurred on Wednesday.
Crane was killed in a one vehicle accident near Presho on February 24. Donations for her sons Jace and Zaden are being taken at Taco John’s or in accounts set up for them at BankWest and at Home Federal Bank.
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