Scene in MLT: Red Onion fundraiser generates cash for landslide victims

Red Onion mudslide fundraiser, Mar. 26 006
A quickly-planned fundraiser for the communities affected by the mudslide near Oso brought $5,543 Wednesday at Red Onion Burgers in Mountlake Terrace. The restaurant donated 50 percent of all receipts and 100 percent of tips to the Snohomish County Chapter of Red Cross and gas cards for needy residents of the Darrington/Oso area. (Photo by Doug Petrowski_


  1. Less than 48 hour ago I was on f/b when the idea hit me that we can do something for our neighbors to the north of us. First of all I want to thank all of our employes for donating their time today. I also want to thank all of the volunteers that helped us today. I also want to thank Social Media, television and radio for getting the word out. I was hoping to write a check for more than $1,500, LaRae was hoping that we could write a check for more than $5,000. With that said I am proud to say that we surpassed all expectations and will be donating $5,543 toward the victims of the OSO Mud Slide. At the last minute KIRO asked us to help with lunches for the First response. Most of the money will be split between the Red Cross and Jesse Jones providing gas cards to the victim. I would like to ask all of those that shared this event to let your friends know how much we appreciate their participation and support. I am honored that Red Onion Burgers has a base that steps up to the plate with little notice. Thank You to all that participated and gave. While Mountlake Terrace is the Gateway to Snohomish County – we are able to extend our arm and help our fellow neighbors to the north

  2. We drove from Des Moines..1st time there and the burgers were FANTASTIC – even gt a milkshake for the long car ride home =D Happy to have been able to participate!!

  3. Red onion is in lynnwood…typical of Mr. Richards to misrepresent his business as being in MLT…same disinformation as he ran his latest campaign for city council & the push for a new city hall…more political posturing and self congratulations…

  4. Diamond Knot held a fundraiser yesterday, at all of its locations. The MLT location was packed last night. I’ve seen donation jars at several merchant locations in the Seattle area over the past week. It’s nice to see a community-wide effort to support our neignbors in need.

  5. Love how MLT news only post “news” stories if Red Onion is doing something. $20,000 donated to charity for the OSO Strong by the new Diamond Knot and its other brewery seems like a big news story to me for the city of MLT. Promoting it before hand just like you do for the Red Onion on a daily basis would have been very community supporting a community effort! Another great story missed the MLT news!

    1. We were not told about the Diamond Knot fundraiser ahead of time but will follow up and find out more — thanks for letting us know.

      1. Here’s a link:

        There are 1,275 ‘likes’ on their FB page, and that’s how I found out about the fundraiser ahead of time.

        On 56th, stop at the Red Onion sign where there’s no Red Onion anymore, and cross the street to the silo that was the topic of the largest discussion I can recall reading.

  6. I feel like that is part of the problem Teresa is that the news on MLT News in only being driven by people telling the news about things going on in the city instead of looking for news stories around the city by the people working for you. Most of the local business’ have facebook pages that update events and info or have websites and that seems like a good place to start on getting news and stories out to the community. What about doing a monthly story on local business to promote or inform the city as well as what they may do in the community. There are many business that have been around for 20 plus years that do great things for our community. Just some ideas. Thanks

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