ST.LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - St. Louis restaurant owner Harry Parker wanted to help his home state of Louisiana after recent flooding, so he decided to raise some major cash and the community helped to make it happen.
Last week Parker who owns Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grills in Creve Coeur and Edwardsville held a 2-day fundraiser and the customers and money came flowing in. The event took in $11,727 and all of it went directly to the Red Cross. He presented a check on Wednesday to help with relief efforts as people in the flooded region continue to recover. 19 local broadcasters also raised over $150,000 since starting their own fundraiser last week.
The Red Cross says relief efforts will cost between $35 and $40 million dollars in Louisiana, so far they only have $16 million on hand.