Never underestimate the power of a good burger.
Or three 9-year-old boys on a mission.
Jimmy Mismash, Jackson Leath and Tyler Navarro, with the help of Oma’s Jiffy Burger owner Jimmy Poarch and the sale of a lot of burgers purchased by the community, succeeded in raising $1,000 Saturday in honor of Mary Jane Eubank.
Following the passing of the Waxahachie icon and community booster, a memorial scholarship benefiting local athletes was established in Mary Jane’s honor.
Wanting to do something to honor their friend, Mismash and Leath set out collecting donations from their classmates and friends. Then they asked Poarch for his help.
Instead of making a donation, Poarch offered to donate 10 percent of all Saturday sales towards the boys’ effort.
“These funds are going to be raised to benefit kids who have (athletic) gifts, but not the money to play in athletics,” Mismash said. Accompanying Mismash for the benefit were Navarro and Leath, who helped solicit and collect donations from Oma’s patrons throughout the day.
The boys commented that Mary Jane would often attend their youth baseball games and cheer for them — as she did for hundreds of other athletes in the community over the years.
“On Monday afternoon at 3, we’re going to have WHS athletic director and head football coach David Ream come down to Oma’s and the three boys, along with Jimmy Poarch, will present the check to him,” said Carrie Mismash, Jimmy’s mother.
This is a great opportunity for us to be able to host this event,” Poarch said. “I knew Mary Jane, as did everyone in town. She loved this community and its children and we’re honored to help do this in her honor.”
By the end of the day Saturday, Poarch reported the amount collected from 10 percent of Saturday sales from Oma’s was $162.92 and donations made by members of the community was $837.08 for a total of $1,000 that will be presented to the Mary Jane Eubank Memorial Scholarship fund.