Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 83

Jennifer Ernst Charity: Our Community, Our Kids Local dental assistant Jennifer Ernst is thrilled to be participating in the upcoming Sweet Charity & Bachelorettes event. “I was super excited and super surprised,” Jennifer said. “The whole way I win is by raising money for my charity. So I get to look cute and raise money for a charity and that’s all I know.”  Since she wasn’t completely aware of what the competition entailed, Jennifer did a little research on her assigned charity, Our Community Our Kids, and her restaurant, Justice Burger. Clearly, she was impressed with what she learned about them both.  “I liked it when I checked everything out. I did some research on it and it’s really cool. I like the way they are trying to focus on helping foster kids and trying to find a foster home for them,” she said. “That way they aren’t bouncing around everywhere. Our Community Our Kids tries to find a permanent home that’s in the area. The way I read it is that they try to keep the kids as safe as possible and if a kid grew up in Fort Worth they keep them in that area. I thought that was awesome because most of the time with foster children they just send them wherever and it’s like ‘OK, bye, good luck…’” Jennifer’s family is every bit as overjoyed as she is. “They’re really excited for me because I have such a passion for kids,” Jennifer said. “I don’t work around kids a whole lot but I have a younger brother and sister, so I’ve gotten to help raise them basically and that was a lot of fun. I’ve also done a bunch of things at my church as well.” Although Jennifer doesn’t yet have a set goal, she’s very enthusiastic about getting involved. “Well, I’ve really wanted to do something charity-wise, and so when I found out there was more to it [Sweet Charity & Bachelorettes] than just being bachelorette and that I get to work with a charity, I was even more excited to do this,” she said. “I’m just excited to help out the kids and for them to have a better future. With how our government and economy is, I’m just excited to help a charity that’s actually helping out the next generation. And if I can help in that way that’s awesome, because to be honest, I’m kind of scared of what may be coming. So it makes me feel great knowing that I can [invest in] the next generation of kids coming in.” PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Mike Stephen moved from Lubbock and opened Justice Burger in downtown Weatherford about six months ago, opening March 19. In the upcoming Sweet Charity and Bachelorettes charity event the restaurant will team up with Jennifer Ernst to raise money for Our Community Our Kids. “I think it’s really important to help out with the community through charity, so any time we can lend a hand in that aspect we’re definitely going to jump at the chance,” said Stephen. “It’s just a great thing to do all around.” Asked what dessert the restaurant might be entering in the competition, Stephen went quiet, then said, “We have a really good idea, but we’re keeping that kind of close to the chest.” OCTOBER 2016 Restaurant: Justice Burger Chef and GM: Mike Stephen 81