Up to the Challenge: Campaign seeks to unite area businesses to assist victims of recent hurricanes

Dave Lein, Editor

Photo by Dave Lein

Alden Bar and Grille owners Walt and Dee Owens are shown with manager Michael Eddy (right). The popular eatery is challenging local businesses throughout the area to collect money for victims of recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

REGION – Seeing the devastation in Texas and beyond caused by Hurricane Harvey earlier this month really struck a chord with Dee Owens. That chord grew louder with last weekend’s impact of Hurricane Irma across the state of Florida.

“First there was Harvey – which was terrible – and then came Irma,” Owens said, “And I really felt like we should be doing something to help those people. Even if it’s in a small way by comparison, I felt that we could help.”

Thus was born what is being called “HI Relief,” or Harvey/Irma Relief.

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