Biz Beat: Modesto mall will donate fountain coins to charity

pguerra@modbee.comJune 28, 2013 

DN foutain coins

(Debbie Noda/ - Washed coins from the Vintage Faire Mall fountains dry on towels.

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— If you have a young child or grandchild, chances are you rarely pass by a  fountain without throwing in a coin and making a wish. At Disneyland's wishing well, my little boy loudly requested a Burger King be built next to our house.

All that money has to go somewhere, and at Vintage Faire Mall, managers distribute it to area nonprofit groups.

Money is collected four times a year from the mall's fountains.

The mall is accepting applications for its yearly giveaway, Senior Marketing  Manager Janice Curtin said in an email.

"One of the ways we support local nonprofits is by donating all of the coins from our fountains to a different charitable organization each year," she said. Requests must be written and include a detailed description of the organization, why it is in need, other income sources, and how the money will be spent.

The winning group has to be willing to put in some work — the recipient will be responsible for cleaning the coins before they can be deposited at a bank.

Previous recipients have included the Friends of the Library and the Boy Scouts.

Applications may be sent to Curtin at 3401 Dale Road, Suite 483, Modesto. The deadline is July 12. For more information, contact her at (209) 408-1850 or

And in case you're wondering, so far, no sign of a new Burger King in my residential neighborhood.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Reflections, a longtime car wash, detailing shop and deli in Turlock, has closed its figurative doors. A handmade sign at the Geer Road business says "CLOSED"; a call to the business line received no answer.

There's another new mobile business in town. Hog N Slaw opened Friday at El Rematito Flea Market on Crows Landing Road.

Owner Shawn Mecca said everything served on the truck is made from scratch, from slow-cooked pork to the coleslaw to French fries.

He was giving out samples Friday. One man came back for a second sample, then had to order a couple of sliders. Sandwiches also are served on Hawaiian rolls.

Mecca said Hog N Slaw will be at the flea market Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and he's looking for other locations.

"I'd be happy to do events if they would be willing to work around our schedule," he said.

Look for Hog N Slaw on Facebook or call Mecca at (209) 918-0740.

Have an item for Business Beat? Contact Patty Guerra at The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; (209) 578-2343; or


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