In 1990, the Raspberry Rd / Jewel Lake Rd intersection located in front of Tastee Freez, underwent a major renovation. Landscaping of the surrounding right of ways was not included in the project. Rich Owens had a vision for a park on the corner, and in 1995 he began pounding the pavement to get donated supplies and labor. The efforts resulted in a beautifully landscaped corner. For the past 23 years, Rich and several other hardcore helpers have coordinated hundreds of volunteers to plant, water and weed the garden.
Salvation Army/Red Cross Drive:
When an apartment complex fire made 16 families homeless less than a block from Tastee Freez, Rich coordinated a donation effort to help his neighbors. More than $14,000 was raised for the Red Cross, and two 48 ft. semi-loads of household goods were donated to the Salvation Army.
Teacher Take Over Day And Ice Cream Socials:
Tastee Freez allows teachers from local schools to “take over” the restaurant for a day, with 10% of the gross sales being donated to their school. Each year, thousands of dollars are raised by these well attended events. The restaurant also provided free, or reduced price ice cream sundaes to school PTA’s for special events for fundraisers.
Every year, Tastee Freez participates in Operation Santa Claus in conjunction with the Alaska National Guard. Santa and Mrs Claus, many helpful elves, and Rich, are flown to Alaskan villages to distribute toys, books, meals, and of course, ice cream sundaes. Since 2002, Rich has delivered well over 20,000 sundaes to more than 50 remote villages across Alaska.
Every year, since Rich bought the restaurant in 1994, Tastee Freez has solicited donations for Bean’s Cafe to help feed the homeless and hungry during the holidays. Up to 2,000 pounds of food and 275 turkeys have been donated annually. Tastee Freez has also helped Bean’s implement the Beanie Box holiday gift program, insuring all clients receive a gift during the holidays.
Tastee Freez is proud to be involved with these organizations:
Anchorage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau