Doing “hard time” paid off for a local restaurant owner and a Mountlake Terrace teacher as they raised approximately $1,500 Sunday in a fundraiser for Shop With a Cop, a program to benefit children from abusive or under-privileged homes during the holidays.
Restaurateur and Mountlake Terrace Councilmember Seaun Richards and Mountlake Terrace Elementary School teacher Richard Hollingshead spent four hours “locked up” in front of Red Onion Burgers on Sunday, seeking bail money for their release. After a slow first hour, the two prisoners starting calling from their “cells” — restaurant racks — to seek donations from friends and colleagues.
“About the time the (Seahawks) game started, we started calling,” Richards said. Shop With a Cop, an effort by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, seeks to send about 100 kids on $50 holiday shopping sprees, assisted by members of local police departments, fire departments and other first responders.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski