You may not have known it, but if you visited one of eight area restaurants yesterday, your meal made a contribution to a unique fund-raising effort.
Eight restaurants agreed to donate ten percent of Tuesday’s lunch and dinner profits to the United Way.
As we found out, this new technique proved very popular among restaurant patrons.
Mariah’s is a Pennington family favorite, but little did Debbie know that as she and her mother had dinner last night, she was making a contribution to much needed community charities.
“I appreciate knowing that they are participating in something like this because its one of our favorite places to eat,” Pennington said.
Mariah’s is just one of eight local restaurants participating in this first ever effort to raise funds for the local United Way.
Brandi Fowler eats at Cambridge Market frequently and said she feels even better knowing her meal is making a difference.
“We saw the sign out - its a great cause - we normally contribute to the United Way, but this is a good way - people can come out and eat and do something for the community,” Fowler said.
United Way President Doug Eberhart said most people don’t realize that those who need help, need help everyday, not just when an organization is fund-raising.
“This time of the year, people don’t hear about the United Way. We want to educate the community that their donation is really working year round and not just during the fall when everyone hears from us,” Eberhart explained.
He also said this is a great way to raise money especially during the months when not everyone can just have fun in the sun.
“Especially during the summer kids from school may not have food to eat because parents have to work - no safe place for childcare - those are options the United Way offers to people in the community,” Eberhart said.
The United Way provides 40,000 services to this community by funding 43 different programs.
The organization said they hope yesterday’s fundraiser becomes an annual event.
Restaurants who participated:
The Brickyard (Bowling Green and Franklin locations)