(This is the last of my series on national heart month.)
Sharen is the owner of my ‘hood bar and grill. She went to school in the ‘hood, raised her family in the ‘hood, and for the last twenty-some years ran a business in the ‘hood. Her working day begins at 4:40 AM and sometimes doesn’t end until well after 10:00 PM. Most of the time, I’m in awe of her energy.
This month she opened her establishment to the high school baseball booster club for a fundraiser. In fact, she hosts three such fundraisers each year: baseball, pom and cheer, and the marching band. She solicits donations from her vendors, discounts the food and gives the organization a share of the bar business. In three hours the baseball boosters raised almost $4,000 to support the team.
Sharen said, “I’m from the ‘hood and a huge supporter of public education. Occasionally, I do training for wannabe small business owners, where I remind them to be active contributors to their communities.” She paused, “Sometimes I just wish I could give more. I do the best I can.”
America is jammed with good hearts. Maybe someday we will applaud them with the same enthusiasm we have for an Oscar winner or a MVP.