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Dining with your sweetheart to help your community

Valentines Day will soon be upon us, and the United Way would like to introduce you to a program that will make dining out with your sweetheart both beneficial to you and to those in the community who are in need.

From now until April 30, you can purchase United Way $25 Dining Certificates directly from the United Way, use them at any of 22 local restaurants, receive full face value and $5 from each certificate will stay with the United Way as a donation from the participating restaurant.

The concept is simple: go to one of the restaurants and order your food (some restaurants will allow the certificate to be used towards alcoholic beverages as well) and then pay with the certificate. (Certificates cannot be used for taxes, tips, or prior balances and cannot be combined with other restaurant certificates, third party certificates, coupons or promotions.) Certificate payment is made to United Way, and $20 of the $25 will be issued back to the restaurant upon use of the certificate, thus generating the $5 donation to United Way.

The United Way hopes that you will support this program not only for Valentines Day, but for dining out during the next three months. It is easy to keep several certificates in your car so they will be readily available the next time you stop to eat at one of the participating restaurants, seven of which are new to the program this year.

Certificates really do make wonderful and easy gifts or just as an incentive for eating out. Please support the United Way and the participating restaurants in this endeavor to provide additional funding for the 15 local charitable organizations covered by United Way this year.

For further information on dining certificates or on United Way in general, please contact Teddy Adler Finney, community relations coordinator, at 731-0484.