On October 5, 2005, restaurants across the country will band together in a "Dine for America" day, a national fundraising effort to support the American Red Cross and help those affected by Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, the idea for Dine For America began in the wake of September 11, 2001. A group of restaurant employees in Seattle, Washington was looking for a way for their company and co-workers to help in the relief effort. When they approached their CEO with their idea for a national "dine out" day and asked for his support, he not only encouraged them, he asked the employees to share their ideas with others in the industry. This year, over 15,000 have already sign-on to participate with 100% of the funds raised through going to the American Red Cross Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts.
To find a restaurant near you that is participating, or if you own a restaurant and would like to participate, visit DineForAmerica.org.