Bar fundraiser collects cash on the ceiling

A worker collects the money from the ceiling of Mulligan's Pub to be given to charities. (Dec. 15, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — You have heard of finding money in pants pockets, an old coat or the couch cushions — but what about on the ceiling?

Since 2011, workers and patrons at Mulligan’s Pub in Grand Rapids have been throwing money at the ceiling and making it stay there using a tack weighed by a quarter. The idea was to eventually collect the cash and give it to a charity.

Monday, workers at the bar pulled the money down and counted it up: $1,410.

That cash was split evenly between Crash’s Landing and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary. Crash’s Landing, a cat shelter in Grand Rapids, is funded entirely by donations. Mackenzie’s in Lake Odessa currently shelters about 100 dogs and said it will use the money to help feed and treat them.

Mulligan’s, located on Wealthy Street Se near Lake Drive in Eastown, is animal friendly, allowing dogs inside until 9 p.m.

After clearing all the money from the ceiling and counting it Monday, the group at Mulligan’s immediately restarted the fundraising effort by throwing another dollar to the ceiling. Once they think they’ve raised a fair amount of money, they’ll choose charities to donate it to and clear the ceiling again.

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