United Way of Chatham-Kent 425 McNaughton Ave. Chatham May 11 2015 (Photo by Simon Crouch)

Feel Better About Dining Out On ‘Giving Tuesday’

Dining out on Tuesday could be a treat for you, as well as for local programs at the United Way Chatham-Kent.

The organization is getting ready for “Giving Tuesday.” It’s an initiative in which some restaurants donate 25% of their proceeds towards the United Way’s programs.

“We’ve got a bunch restaurants — about 10 throughout Chatham-Kent who have signed on,” says Tom Slager with United Way. “All you have to do is go out to eat and everyone wins — the restaurant makes a little bit, United Way gets a donation from them, and you get a great meal. It’s a fantastic way to spend a Tuesday.”

“Giving Tuesday” is part of the United Way’s “Paint the Town Red” campaign and is also part of a national movement.

“We brought it into Chatham-Kent to see how it would go,” says co-chair Steve Pratt. “We tried it a little bit last year and it was really successful so we thought we would expand it a little bit this year.”

Pratt says the initiative raised enough money last year to help about 40,000 people in Chatham-Kent.

“By simply going out for a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re going to be helping a lot of people in the community,” he says.

Here’s a list of which restaurants are participating:

  • Dana’s Kitchen and Catering — Blenheim
  • Casa Bella on the Thames — Chatham
  • Friendz Restaurant and Lounge — Chatham
  • Mike’s Place — Chatham
  • Rossini’s Restaurant — Chatham
  • Sonny’s Sandwich Emporium — Chatham
  • Central Tavern — Pain Court
  • James Street Eatery — Wallaceburg
  • The Black Goose¬†— Wallaceburg
  • The Clubhouse at Baldoon¬†— Wallaceburg