Rollarena Skating Center celebrates new year with charity to benefit homeless teens
RICHALND, Wash. – The owners of a Richland roller skating center have started a tradition of celebrating the new year with charity.
From open to close (12 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Jan. 1, Alan and Judy Bacon of Rollarena Skating Center are donating all the proceeds from admission and concessions to help homeless teens in the Tri-Cities.
My Friends’ Place, part of the Safe Harbor Organization, is Southeastern Washington’s first safe overnight sanctuary for homeless teens. My Friends’ Place is currently providing immediate basic human survival needs for youth on the streets.
It provides warm meals, showers, laundry and educational support for children ages 13 through 17.
The owners said they've been donating funds to My Friends’ Place to support these teens since its 60th anniversary four years ago.
"We wanted to serve a population that is our kids, and so it just made sense—why not have kids help other kids,” Mrs. Bacon said. “So we've kept it going since then."
Mrs. Bacon said My Friends’ Place is almost completely sustained by the helpful donations of the Tri-Cities community, and they are proud to be a part of those donors.