Dutch Bros. Coffee will donate proceeds from all sales on May 8 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dutch Bros. Coffee will donate proceeds from all sales on May 8 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.

The drive is held annually in support of company co-founder Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed in 2005 with the degenerative condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Last year, Dutch Bros. contributed $80,000 to MDA to fund research and family services.

Revenue from May 8 coffee sales at all 145 Dutch Bros. locations in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona will benefit MDA. In 2008, the company donated nearly $750,000 to nonprofit organizations such as MDA, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other local organizations.

Believed to be the country's largest, privately held, drive-through-only coffee company, Dutch Bros. was founded in Southern Oregon in 1992 by Boersma and brother, Travis Boersma. For a list of area stores, visit www.dutchbros.com.

— The Associated Press