Dave Fansler

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published on June 21, 2017 - 12:39 PM
Written by Donald A. Promnitz

A new project being undertaken by the Poverello House has received a massive boost thanks to a donation from the Fansler Restaurant group.

The check, which was worth $107,204.50, was presented by Fansler Restaurant Group owner Dave Fansler on Wednesday.

“It’s a true testament to community support, community engagement, and the fact that Fansler has been a longtime supporter of the Poverello House,” said Poverello House Executive Director Cruz Avila. “He really wanted to reach out to the community to give back in a way that would really serve the needy, our homeless population.”

Fansler Restaurant Group, which runs Pismo’s Coastal Grill, Yosemite Ranch and Westwoods BBQ in Fresno, generated the money through its “May Matchup” fundraiser. Through the month of May, patrons at Fansler restaurants donated to the Poverello house with the company matching the donations until they reached $100,000. Patrons contributed $57,204 by the end of the month.

The check will go to the construction of a new food distribution warehouse.

“We’re a restaurant company, so serving food to the community is something that we’re sensitive to,” Fansler said. “And so that is a lot of what the Poverello House does and they’re doing it for unfortunate people in the community, and so we wanted to contribute to that.”

The current project will also include an operations center and a permanent space for health, housing and social services.

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