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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 02:10 am

DINING TO DONATE

If you went out to eat in Springfield on Nov. 16, you might have made a difference in someone’s life without even knowing it. That’s because 20 restaurants in Springfield volunteered to give 10 percent of their proceeds for the day to the United Way of Central Illinois’ “Dine United” program, which supports local health and human services programs. “We‘re very pleased with the positive response we’ve received from restaurants to our invitation,” says John Kelker, United Way president. “We hope this event will extend our fundraising reach and engage individuals in our work in a unique and fun way.”

Participating restaurants included Roly Poly Sandwiches, Indigo, Mariah’s, IHOP, Wings Etc., Osaka, Secret Recipes, Grandview Café, Brickhouse Grill & Pub, Sgt. Peppers Café, Willy P’s, Los Rancheros, Cold Stone, Noodles & Company, Quiznos, Hardee’s, Little Caesars and Dairy Queen. The idea is very similar to the “Share-a-Meal” program held each spring by Community Shares of Illinois. “The response by restaurant owners to Dine United reflects the generous and cooperative spirit that exists in the Springfield community,” Kelker says. “Dine United is a great way for restaurateurs to partner with United Way and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in need.”
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