A section of the restuarant has been leaking for more than a year. Because the rural Union County cafe is an area gathering place, community members decided to organize a fund raiser to generate money to repair the roof. They formed a group called Spink Cafe Communiy Committee and hosted a chicken and fish feed.
Diane and John Jr. Otten, owners of the Spink Cafe, fed 600 people during the Oct. 21 event.
As of Oct. 26, $22,142 has been raised. That amount includes donations made prior to the event, advertising sponosorships, raffle proceeds, and contributions that were recieved after Oct. 21. Chairman Don Abraham said committee members were overwhelmed by the widespread support for the project.
The comittee had hoped to raise at least $10,000 to pay for a new roof for the north section of the building. The extra money will be used toward repairing the portico on the west side of the 80-year-old building.
Abraham said work on the cafe roof is expected to begin next week once needed materials are delivered. Donations to the Spink Cafe Community Fund can be mailed or dropped off at First National Bank, Box 970, Akron, IA 51001.