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Dusterhoft Family Stores hosts 9th annual 'We Tend the Pumps, You Tend the Lumps' fundraiser

The first event was from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 at its location at 1970 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks. Its second and final event will also be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at its location at 4314 Demers Ave.

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Dusterhoft Family Stores is hosting its Ninth Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser throughout October, including ‘We Tend the Pumps, You Tend the Lumps’ events at each of its locations in Grand Forks.

The first event was from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at its location at 1970 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks. Its second and final event will also be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at its location at 4314 DeMers Ave.

During the entire month of October, Dusterhoft Family Stores is accepting donations at both of its locations toward Altru Cancer Center’s ‘Filling the Gap’ program, which provides financial assistance for transportation, lodging, and nutrition to cancer treatment patients. The company has raised over $10,000 for the cause since 2012. Dusterhoft Family Stores will also match each dollar of donations for customers checking in to the store on Facebook for one check-in per customer, per day.

Jennifer Donarski of Stray Media Group, which represents Dusterhoft Family Stores, said the events have become a Dusterhoft Family Stores staple for the month of October and will be for years to come.

“Each year, they do full-service at the pump, old-school-styled service,” Donarski said. “They fill up your gas tank, wash your windows and all that stuff. They have volunteers out and employees out wearing pink just spreading the word, and anyone who wants to donate can donate. It’s a really great event, and they have such amazing customers that come and help them out each year and support that local ‘Filling The Gap’ program, which is really great to see.”

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Even those who don’t shop at the stores or want to specifically donate can come by and get their cars filled up and serviced to support the cause. Donarski said the store’s employees and customers have been spreading the word, and many of those people will be the ones filling tanks.

“Those friendly faces are going to be out there supporting the cause, helping out and just asking anyone if they can donate,” Donarski said. “It’s all for the sake of a really great local program for cancer patients.”

Dusterhoft Family Stores does not have a specific monetary goal in mind when it comes to raising donations -- only the desire to raise as much money as possible.

Donarski said the operation has become especially successful in recent years. The event raised more than $1,200 last year even with the COVID-19 pandemic raging throughout the country. She said it’s never been about people donating large amounts of money, but just what they can afford.

“It’s really all based upon the charity of their local community and their customers,” Donarski said. “We’re just so grateful any time anybody can spare a couple extra bucks to help out with a community event and just kind of come together in that way. Really, the goal is always just raising as much as we can possibly do to give back.”

Jacob Holley joined the Grand Forks Herald as its business reporter in June 2021.

Holley's beat at the Grand Forks Herald is broad and includes a variety of topics, including small business, national trends and more.

Readers can reach Holley at jholley@gfherald.com.Follow him on Twitter @JakeHolleyMedia.
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