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Dine out for United Way planned Jan. 13

PLATTSBURGH - The United Way of the Adirondack Region is partnering with local restaurants next week to help others.

The first-ever Dine Out for the United Way of the Adirondacks will take place Thursday, Jan. 13, with a dozen restaurants across the tri-county region participating by either donating a percent of their proceeds, a percent of the wait staff tips or making a straight donation to the United Way of the Adirondack Region. Proceeds will benefit the more than 35 organizations United Way provides funding for in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

"We expect it to be successful for its first year and anticipate it to grow, hopefully doubling in participants over the next couple years," said Kirk A. Stallsmith, chairman of the local United Way's 2010-11 fundraising campaign and co-chair of next Thursday's event.

The public can help by simply dining out at one of the participating restaurants. Those who do and say they are "Dining Out for United Way" can enter into a drawing for raffle prizes donated to the United Way, including signed Buffalo Bills and New York Jets jerseys, gift certificates, and gift baskets from Adirondack Specialty Food. After the event, tickets will be collected from the participating restaurants and winners will be drawn.

Seven restaurants have signed on for the event in the city and town of Plattsburgh: Arnie's Restaurant, 20 Margaret St.; Bazzano's Pizza, 5041 S. Catherine St.; Ground Round, 32 Smithfield Blvd.; KOTO Japanese Steakhouse, 319 Cornelia St.; Mainely Lobster and Seafood, 1785 Military Turnpike; Michele's Fine Dining, 5131 U.S. Ave.; and My Cup of Tea, 50 Margaret St.

For a more complete list of restaurants and their addresses, visit www.unitedwayadk.org and click on the Special Events tab.

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