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Dutch Bros. opening day benefits SHS's Class of 2013 drug- and alcohol-free grad party

At one point, more than 68 cars were lined up for their java jolt with proceeds going to the Class of 2013 for their Drug & Alcohol Free and Safe Grad Night Party.


by: RAY PITZ - Ryan Hawkins stands outside his Sherwood Dutch Bros. on Friday as cars line up all day for $1 drinks with proceeds benefiting the Sherwood High School Booster Club.Friday’s opening of Dutch Bros. Coffee in Sherwood Plaza was sort of like a football tailgater except instead of beer and ribs there were loads of caffeinated beverages.

Cars began lining up at 5:30 a.m. for their $1 purchase of any drink with all the proceeds going to the Class of 2013 for their Drug & Alcohol Free and Safe Grad Night Party.

And the lines, which snaked around the plaza parking lot in two different directions, didn’t let up too much all day with music blaring from an array of speakers and some extremely enthusiastic baristas keeping the atmosphere festive.

At one point, as many as 68 cars were cued up for a jolt of java, according to Ryan Hawkins, owner of Dutch Bros.’ Sherwood franchise.

“We actually had one kid who camped out all night (arriving at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday),” said Hawkins. “It’s always kind of crazy on the grand opening day.”

by: RAY PITZ - Baristas for the Sherwood Dutch Bros. take orders Friday as cars approach the Dutch Bros. kiosk on Friday at Shewood Plaza.When all was said and done, an estimated 4,100 beverages were served (which of course means a $4,100 donation to the Class of 2013 for their Drug & Alcohol Free and Safe Grad Night Party.)

Hawkins, a Sherwood resident for the last nine years, also owns two Dutch Bros. in Newberg and one in Tigard.

The Sherwood kiosk is the 196th Dutch Bros. location for the Grants Pass-based company.

Hawkins said he has about 40 employees between the four franchises (10 of whom are employed at the Sherwood branch), which also serve a variety of other drinks from smoothies to Italian sodas to their own brand of energy drink known as Rebel.

“We were very pleased with Friday’s turn out and excited about the money we raised,” said Hawkins, adding that he felt the Sherwood community was gracious in its support of the new business.

— Ray Pitz


Editor's Note: This is to correct misinformation about the recipient of the proceeds from Dutch Bros. first day of business. Sherwood High School's Class of 2013 Drug & Alcohol Free and Safe Grad Night Party benefited from the event.



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