By Jackie Nelson
Hesston High graduate Jessica Betts was one lucky waitress in Lawrence July 27 when she received a $500 tip from the organization Aaron’s Last Wish.
Aaron’s Last Wish is an effort spearheaded by Seth Collins in honor of his brother.
The group explained they were traveling around to each state and handing out $500 tips to unsuspecting waiters and waitresses.
Betts said before Saturday, she was unfamiliar with their efforts.
“I had never heard if Aaron's last wish before, and I also had no idea he was coming to Lawrence,” she said.
Betts had no indication her four-top table would be anything other than typical customers.
“I had completely no idea that this was a special table in any way. They acted very normal up until the time the bill came,” she said.
Betts said when she brought the table their check, they surprised her with the massive tip.
“When I first received the tip it was just a rush of emotion. I didn't know what to think,” she said.
In addition, Betts said at 23rd Street Brewery, wait staff do not split tips.
“I do not have to split tips between my wait staff. Luckily I was able to keep the whole tip to myself,” she said.
However, Betts has been far from stingy with her windfall.
“I have already given $200 to my roommate to help her pay for hair school, and the rest of it I'm using on moving expenses,” she said.
While Betts deeply appreciated the financial boost, she appreciated the people and reason behind the tip.
“I want Hesston folks to know that I not only gained a great tip but an amazing friend. What Seth is doing is an incredible thing. I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with him after the fact. And I am so thrilled that he is leaving such an amazing legacy for his brother.”