'Dine Out' meets, exceeds goal

PLATTSBURGH - The numbers are still coming in, but early tallies show the United Way of the Adirondack Region has met its most recent fundraising goal, thanks to the help of local restaurants and their patrons.

The first-ever Dine Out for the United Way of the Adirondack Region has raised more than its $2,000 goal to date, according to local United Way administrative coordinator Kathy Snow. The Jan. 13 event involved a dozen restaurants across the tri-county region giving a percent of their proceeds or wait staff tips or making a flat donation to the United Way.

"I think, for out first one, it was a success," said Snow. "We still have five restaurants we're waiting on to report how much was given."

Hearing that excited John C. Bernardi, executive director of the local United Way.

"This was a great opportunity to really engage not only the restaurant community, but the community at large in terms of individuals and families dining out," said Bernardi. "In addition to raising important funds for the community, it was a great opportunity to promote our mission and the important impact we make throughout the region."

Jill Brockway, owner of Charlie's Inn in Lake Clear, gave a flat donation of $50 to the United Way through the event. Participating was something Brockway said she was proud her business could do, considering how United Way helps organizations locally like Hospice of the North Country and North Country Life Flight.

"The money stays within our community ... that means a lot," she said. "That makes you feel good."

When Brockway's mother-in-law suffered a brain aneurysm, it was North Country Life Flight that airlifted her to Burlington, Vt., for treatment. And, when snowmobilers get hurt on the trails, the only way they can be reached quickly is by one of North Country Life Flight's helicopters.

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