Customers ordering a western omelet, pie or banana split at Trout’s Towne Restaurant in Woodsboro will get more than a hearty breakfast or delicious dessert — they get a chance to donate money to a local charity.
To celebrate their 10 years in business, owners Andy and Mary Jo Trout are sponsoring 10 organizations over 10 weeks. For every omelet and dessert sold through Aug. 5, $1 will be donated to a charity.
“We just wanted to give back to the community,” said Mary Jo Trout. “We just wanted to do something that benefits the community.”
Formally Crum’s Restaurant, Trout’s has become something of a landmark in Woodsboro. Andy, 51, a retired disabled veteran who served 20 years in the Army, and Mary Jo, 48, purchased the establishment in 2002 then built a home behind the restaurant in order to be close by.
Today, their devotion to the community and the military shines through in their restaurant at 200 N. Second St.
It’s the kind of place where the local folks tend to gather to enjoy a slice of homemade pie or an old-fashioned milkshake. It’s also the kind of place that evokes a sense of pride in small town America. The restaurant is decorated in red, white and blue with an Americana theme, and pictures of local service men and women adorn the walls. Tucked toward the back are signed pictures of former presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, acquired by Andy during his time in the military.
The Trouts have also made fundraising for local organizations and charities a big part of their life.
“We’ve done numerous fundraisers,” Mary Jo said. “We took [the 10th anniversary fundraiser] to another level.”
From the sale of omelets and desserts, Trout said she hopes to collect $3,500 over the 10 weeks. “If I can surpass that it will be good.”
This week, donations will go to the American Legion Riders Post 282 in Woodsboro. Donations to the American Legion started on Monday and will end Sunday. The total amount collected will be determined at that time.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Dwight Reynolds, the legion’s past commander. “The Trouts support the Woodsboro community and we appreciate them for supporting our projects.”
Reynolds said the money will go toward their scholarship fund.
The week of July 15 through July 22 has been set aside for the United Way of Frederick County.
“We think it’s great when a local business is creative and investing in their local community,” said United Way CEO Josh Pedersen.
Pedersen said the money collected will be allocated to programs and services that help students succeed in school, and help families access affordable health care and housing, literacy classes and financial assistance.
“We want everyone out there eating omelets and pies that week,” he said.
In the following weeks, donations will go to the Salvation Army, Woodsboro/New Midway Rec Council, Lt. Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund Community Foundation of Frederick County, Glade Valley Food Bank in Walkersville, Woodsboro Fire Department, Glade Valley Lions Club and Walkersville FFA Alumni.