Kaladi Brothers Coffee renames annual fundraiser to honor former CFO

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- A desire to make a difference one brew at a time, the renaming honors the man behind the coffee who believed strongly in giving back to the community.

On Sunday, the annual Kaladi's Day of Giving was renamed to the Dale Tran New Year's Day of Giving.

For more than 25 years, The sales from every cup of coffee sold on January first at Kaladi Brothers Coffee has been donated to a charity.

Tran passed away suddenly in January.

Tim Gravel, President of Kaladi Brothers Coffee said Tran was the driving force behind the giving event.

"Over the years he increased the amount from $15,000 to about $40,000 to like $100,000 to $130,000 so it was Dale's project' he said, "And of course other people in the community helped out a lot. But he really was the driver for our new years day of giving." Gravel said.

Last year, a donation of $61,000 was made to the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis.

Many say motivated to make Anchorage a better place, Tran supported other Alaskan start-ups.

A perfect pair like coffee and donuts, Andre Horton says he was influenced by Tran's passion to help others and decided to start his own company, Dipper Donuts.

"I don't think I would have done this without Dale. He was just a really good catalysis and what I mean by that is Dale would say it is okay if the deals go bad and I would find another partner and be an entrepreneur," Horton, Co-Founder of Dipper Donuts said.

Horton said Tran also taught him to not only open doors and close doors, but to invest in the community.

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