Carl's Jr., Black Rock to donate all proceeds to families of students killed in crash

Carl's Jr. and Black Rock Coffee in Eagle Point are holding "proceeds days" to support the families of Lucy Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava.

Two businesses in Eagle Point plan on doing their part to support the families of the three high school students killed by a wrong-way driver Saturday.

Located across from one another off of Linn Road near Highway 62, Carl's Jr. and Black Rock Coffee are holding "proceeds days" to support the families of Lucy Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava.

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On Friday, May 25th, Carl's Jr. will be donating 100 percent of their profits to the families. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and is located at 78 W. Linn Road.

Black Rock Coffee is doing the same the following Friday, June 1st. The coffee stand is open from 5 a.m. to 9p.m., and is located at 112 W. Linn Road.

Both businesses have a connection to the victims of Saturday's crash. A mother of one of the girls works at another Carl's Jr. location, and both businesses have employees who were friends with the girls.

"We feel like they're part of our family," said Jeremy Johnson, District Manager for Carl's Jr. "We feel like we can do whatever we can to help."

Johnson said it's not uncommon for the restaurant to hold proceeds days for causes affecting the community. However, most last only a few hours, and the portion of proceeds donated does not usually exceed 50 percent.

"Because of the circumstances, it was a little bit better to go above and beyond what we normally do," he said. "And since we're helping three families, we wanted to do as much as we possible could."

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Since the accident, the owner of Eagle Point Black Rock Coffee said the stand has been site of many tears, red eyes and hugs, but the sense of mourning is not confined to the walls of the coffee shop.

"The entire vibe of Eagle Point, you can feel that there is sadness in the air," said Heather Sevcik, Franchisee of the Eagle Point Black Rock Coffee. "There's a lot of people that have been coming in that you can tell they've been crying."

While neither business knew the other was planning a proceeds day, both said they are incredibly happy to see how the community has come together to support the three families following their tragic losses.

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