Archie’s Grill received an Exceptional Service Award from Help Hope Live and the Northeast Kidney Foundation in honor of Iris Downey Tuesday, April 9 at the restaurant in Shelburne. Archie’s recently raised over $2,000 to help with medical and living donor costs incurred once Downey received a life-saving kidney transplant. Downey suffers from Acute Lupus Nephritis which affects over a million people in the United States, most of them children, and is the least talked about auto-immune disease today.
Archie’s Grill featured an Aloha burger to kick off the fundraiser and to highlight Iris’s Pacific Island heritage and her recent return home from Kauai, Hawaii to Chittenden County (where she grew up) to seek medical attention and to live with her family while undergoing medical treatment at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The benefit also featured music from Iris’s most recent album, “In Full Bloom,” recorded on The Big Island of Hawaii and CDs were available for purchase thanks to Kauai Pure Sound. La Platte River beef also got into the Aloha spirit by donating 20 lbs. of local, grassfed beef to this grassroots event. Archie’s crew was of exceptional Aloha (which means “love” in Hawaiian) and service—fun and generosity of spirit filled the air as family, friends, and fellow supporters munched on delicious burgers and hand-cut fries cooked by Archie’s Grill of Shelburne!.Listen to “In Full Bloom” at www.irisdowney.com.
HelpHopeLive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps individuals and families overcome financial barriers to transplantation or catastrophic injury through grass-roots fundraising.