When I’m telling people about why I like living in Eau Claire, I usually cite “ease of living” in my list of reasons. It’s a rare occasion when we residents are stuck in traffic or waiting in a long line.
This past Monday, the traffic was jamming the parking lot at the Folsom Street Culver’s restaurant, and the lines
Despite that very un-Eau Claire like inconvenience, patrons didn’t seem to mind, because it was all for a good cause.
The cause was raising money for the family of former Culver’s employee Phil Isaakson, who has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments since being diagnosed with brain cancer in May. Culver’s donated 100% of its sales that day to the Isaakson family, an amount that exceeded $20,000. Besides buying food, some people made donations–that amount was estimated to be around $3,000.
It was an incredible outpouring of support for Isaakson, who’s been on both sides of the genetic lottery: fortunate to have been blessed with a left arm that helped him become the Wisconsin state H.S. baseball player of the year in 2007 and earn a baseball scholarship to the University of Minnesota, but unlucky to have been stricken with cancer at a young age.
Much like it was during an Isaakson fundraiser during May’s North-Memorial H.S. baseball game, it was heartwarming to watch the Eau Claire community come together Monday night. Standing in line that evening for two solid hours, I was struck by how almost everyone was in a good mood despite the long wait. Rather than grousing, people were laughing and chatting. This wasn’t just dinner at a fast-food restaurant, this was an Eau Claire social occasion for people young and old.
Most of my evening meals on work nights are eaten at my desk in the span of minutes–I can honestly say in twenty years in the business, I’ve never spent two hours at a restaurant between shows.
I’ve also never been more happy to do so, and more proud of the people in the community in which I live.
Posted under Hometown Sports
This post was written by bbradovich on July 6, 2012