By: Sabrina Lee
On April 19, Espresso Royale hosted a fundraising event for Daunte Wright, a Black man who was shot and killed by police in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota on April 11th. Wright left behind a young son and a girlfriend.
The event, titled “Justice 4 Daunte”, lasted all day and took place at the Neil Street and Oregon Street locations of Espresso Royale. 100% of all cash and card tips would go to Daunte Wright’s GoFundMe page.
The fundraiser’s organizer, Hannah Hernandez, is an Espresso Royale barista. She said the idea for the fundraiser came from seeing Wright’s girlfriend’s request for help on Instagram.
“This post that I saw, his girlfriend was asking for donations like diapers and groceries,” said Hernandez.
The espresso locations both had drop-off bins available for customers to donate diapers and other products that were collected and shipped to Minnesota after the day was out.
Hernandez says that when the idea was first conceived, her co-workers were more than happy to donate their tips for the day to the cause.
“We really just wanted to help out in any way we could,” said Hernandez.
According to Espresso employees, they were seeing more people through their lobbies than they would have usually.
“Business has been really good today,” said Hernandez, “and that is reflecting off of our donations.”
Between both locations, the fundraiser raised $1616.27 to donate to Wright’s donation page.
Despite the success of the event, Hernandez says that there is still more to be done. She wishes she could do more events like this, and that this is inspiring change in her that she feels could reflect well into the community.