Mentor, OH, April 29, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- A total of 41 Lake County restaurants donated a portion of their sales from Thursday, April 21, 2016 to United Way in support of their county-wide Dine to Donate fundraiser.
Dine to Donate is part of United Way of Lake County's annual spring Feed Lake County food drive which kicked off March 1, 2016 and runs through May 6, 2016.
Dine to Donate is in its third year and continues to grow since its 2014 inception where 23 restaurants participated and $5,678 was raised. In 2015, 32 restaurants participated and $7,904 was raised. Early results indicate this year’s fundraiser is slated to raise $15,000, nearly double the amount raised last year.
According to TJ’s on the Avenue owner Craig Pulling, “It was a busy day here, especially at dinner. I was very happy to be able to support United Way of Lake County by participating in Dine to Donate and we look forward to doing it again next year.”
More than 31,000 families in Lake County rely on food assistance, and United Way of Lake County helps support more than 50 local community food pantries.
“Every dollar donated provides 4 meals to a family in need,” said Tami Lewis, Director of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Lake County. “With early Dine to Donate results in, we’re estimating the ability to provide 60,000 meals for the community. That makes a big impact on the lives of our residents in need.”
The fundraiser was promoted via social media along with posters and flyers throughout the community. Residents were encouraged to dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the below eateries:
Beach Club Grill
Panini’s Bar and Grill
The Captains Club
Kirtland City Tavern
Grand River Cellars
Billy’s-A-Cappelli Martini Bar
Chuck E Cheese’s
Crooked River BBQ & Brew
Froyo Twist (Center St)
J’s Pizza Market
Market Street Family Restaurant
Pastina Rustic Italian Restaurant
San Francisco Stir Fry
Tommy’s Sub Shop
Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven
TJ’s on the Avenue
Capps Tavern & Eatery
Local Tavern’s Fish Bar
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Perry Family Restaurant
Vittorio’s Buon Appetito
Beal’s Pickles n Pints
Panini's Bar and Grill
The Players Club at Lost Nation’s Sports Club
The Wild Goose
Willoughby Brewing Company
Cleveland Burger Company
"Food insecurity is real and is occurring right here in Lake County. It warms my heart that 41 restaurants in our community chose to collaborate to make a difference. It was such a great day seeing the community unite and support the initiative,” said United Way of Lake County’s Resource Development Associate, Nicole Parker. "We’re thankful to all participating restaurants and to all who dined out to support the cause."
Brunner Sanden Deitrick was a presenting sponsor of this year’s Dine to Donate. Other sponsors included CT Consultants, Heckman Excavating, Inc., Lake County Chambers of Commerce, Moving Ahead Services and Zito Insurance Agency, Inc.
If you would like to donate food or make a financial contribution in support of United Way’s Feed Lake County program, please contact Gayle Sikula at 440.639.1082.
About United Way of Lake County
United Way of Lake County is a local, independent organization dedicated to building a stronger community by focusing on the areas of education, income and health. In partnership with nonprofit agencies, local business, community leaders and our citizens, United Way is improving the lives of every individual in Lake County. By working together, we provide a network of services addressing Lake County’s most urgent needs while working toward lasting change.