Giving Starts at Home fundraiser under way
Rockland — Home Kitchen Café, 650 Main St., is hosting its Giving Starts At Home fundraiser until Christmas.
For the third year, the restaurant is accepting $5 per ticket donations. Each donation will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant.
All donations will be shared between Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County and United Methodist Conference Home/Meals on Wheels.
Home Kitchen Café will donate the money in memory of two friends calling the event, Mitzvah’s in memory of Mike and Dave.
Mitzvah in Hebrew means blessing or good deed . Mike Kushner and Dave Tomm were businessmen who lived in Rockland. Both Kushner and Tomm passed away this year after battles with cancer. They did not know each other, but shared a love of small business and the entrepreneurial spirit .
Kushner moved to Rockland after running a successful dry cleaning business in Florida. Mike and his wife Shelly started the Thorndike Creamery on Rockland’s Main Street. Their son Price is a partner at Primo.
Tomm relocated after running a lumber business in Connecticut. He was instrumental in helping to arrange job placement for senior workers. He lectured around the state about the benefits of hiring seasoned workers.
Each was often seen at Home Kitchen Café having a meal and sharing a laugh or a story. Both men loved the Maine home and the Rockland community. Home Kitchen Café will announce the winners of the raffle each week on its Facebook page.