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Tuesday, Dec 17 2013 09:42 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Dustin's Diner raises money for Homeless Center

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Matthew and Makayla Foster get to meet Santa at the annual Dustin's Diner fundraiser for the Bakersfield Homeless Center Monday night. The annual event takes place on Haggin Oaks Boulevard where many Bakersfield residents come out to see the Christmas displays. Dustin's Diner started in 1993 when Dustin and David Kilpatrick started selling hot chocolate to people touring the light displays. Since then, Dustin's Diners has raised more than $180,000 for the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Santa and his helpers sell cookies, hot chocolate and cider from Dustin's Diner to people touring the Christmas light displays on Haggin Oaks Boulevard.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Melinda Dugger waves at passersby as she volunteers in the Dustin's Diner hot chocolate and cider booth on Haggin Oaks Boulevard.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A horse-drawn carriage is driven by Dustin's Diner on Haggin Oaks Bouleavard on Monday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Christmas displays light up the night near Dustin's Diner where people stop for some hot chocolate or cider and look at the Christmas light displays on Haggin Oaks Boulevard.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Ashley Whitley and Jadynn Edens have a picture taken by Judy Edens in front of Christmas decorations on Haggin Oaks Boulevard Monday evening.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

The holiday tradition of Dustin's Diner continues this season and is now in its 20th year.

Dustin's Diner began in 1993 as a project of brothers Dustin and David Kilpatrick. They sold hot chocolate to families who visited the Haggin Oaks neighborhood to see the Christmas lights.

This year's diner continues through Dec. 23. Money raised through the sale of cookies, hot chocolate and candy goes to the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

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