Side by Side Lake Geneva among charities vying for Restaurant Week Charity Check

When Lake Geneva, Wisconsin's third annual Restaurant Week opens June 2, Side by Side Lake Geneva will be among six local charities selected to participate. Visit Lake Geneva, the tourism and commerce entity in city, promotes local eateries with the Restaurant Week prix fixe promotion at the start of the summer tourist season, June 2-11. Breakfast, lunch and dinner diners during the 10-day promotion vote for a local charity to receive a $5,000 Charity Check.
 
Side by Side Lake Geneva offers financial assistance to families facing emergencies in the Lake Geneva School District. Those families and are usually facing an urgent financial crisis with rent/mortgage, utilities or prescription medications, Side by Side may be able to help temporarily, as well as refer to other community resources currently available. The charity meets applicants monthly at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 715 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva.
 
“Visitors planning a trip to Lake Geneva might not be familiar with Side by Side. We want to make sure they know how critical the agency is to the community, how great the need is, and how winning the check can help Side by Side budget for a growing need in our area,” says Diane Kennedy Nopenz, an adviser with Thrivent Financial and volunteer with Side by Side. “Just be sure to ask for a ballot after the meal and show Side by Side some love."
 
Diners can enjoy special Restaurant Week offerings at 25 establishments in Lake Geneva and Walworth County. The list of restaurants participating and their menus can be found at bit.ly/CharityCheck. The Charity Check is made possible through the generous support of Lake Geneva Country Meats. Past winners include Agape House in 2016 and The Walworth County Alliance for Children in 2015. Including the 2017 donation, Lake Geneva Country Meats’ total commitment to southeast Wisconsin charities this program will total $15,000.
 

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