Local restaurant owners participate in ‘Dine for Disaster’

By: Erin Davisson WFRV-TV 5

Green Bay, WI–(WFRV)– Dozens of local restaurant owners participated Thursday in the Dine for Disaster program. More than 170 participating restaurants will donate a portion of the May 17th sales, and collect customer’s financial donations to benefit local disaster relief and community disaster prevention efforts of the American Red Cross.

 While the Red Cross responds to big disasters such as floods, hurricane, tornadoes each year, but the most frequent threat people face is a fire in their own home! Last year, Chapters responded to nearly 63,000 fires. That’s one every eight minutes! In each case, we meet with the victims and assess their needs – often while still standing on the street while their home burns or smolders in smoke. Based on their needs, we provide a warm place to sleep, food to eat, infant supplies, we can replace medications, glasses, etc and we provide compassion, a recovery plan and hope to all disaster victims.

Nathan and Marcia Haupt of Schreiner’s Restaurant in Fond du Lac and Pat Beimborn of Los Banditos Restaurants in Green Bay are spearheading Dine for Disaster with their fellow restaurateurs.

The Haupts’ and Beimborns’ recognize the American Red Cross is always there in an emergency, and they are honored to support them on the local level. “Through Dine for Disaster, local restaurants are in a position tosupport the local Red Cross Chapter,while providing our guests withan opportunity to socialize,enjoytheir favorite meal, and know they’re helping others in the process,” Nathan Haupt said.”It’s a win-win situation,with the community as a whole benefiting. We’re proud to be part a community where businesses that are thought to be competitors are always willing to work together for the greater good.”

Beimborn agrees and is participating because it is a chance to support the work that the Red Cross does in the community. “We at Los Banditos feel it is a great way to say ‘Thank You’ to the community for their support by helping give back to an organization like the Red Cross that helps our neighbors’ right here in Green Bay and throughout Northeast Wisconsin when disaster strikes.”
For information on participating restaurants, head to the website for the American Red Cross of Northeastern Wisconsin.