Valley Dutch Bros holds fundraiser for plane crash victims still in ICU

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Dutch Bros located near Scottsdale Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale is donating proceeds to help two young Valley residents that were involved in a plane crash recently.

Earlier this month Brody Burnell and Chandler Riesterer were involved in a small plane crash near Deer Valley Airport. Both are still in the hospital in critical condition and face a long road to recovery.

“We are deeply saddened by the accident these young men were involved in,” said Dutch Bros Phoenix General Manager, Josh Hayes. “We want to do what we can to help support them, and their families during this time of need.”

While only one location is donating proceeds Friday from purchases, all Valley locations will also have a donation bucket that goes directly to the family.

Brody had been working at the Dutch Bros location that is donating proceeds for two years.

“Brody and Chandler, they’re still fighting to keep alive at the hospital down there, and every bit of money that they can get is going to be super helpful for the families,” said Tyler Brooks, a regional manager for Dutch Bros.

“Both of them still have a lot to recover from and probably still have some more surgeries to go," said Megan Anderson, Brody's cousin.

She said both the two men fly planes, but Brody was the pilot that day.

“He’s wanted to be a pilot since he was 6," Anderson said.

“We appreciate any and all support given and if you want to make a donation to the cause, we will be accepting contributions at every Dutch Bros location in Arizona,” said Josh.

Additionally, on September 13th, another fundraiser will be held at Tea Light Cafe from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. by Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. 

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