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      United Way Dine Out Event

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      Grand Island restaurants are teaming up with the Heartland United Way and Continuum of Careorganizations to participate in the fifth annual DINE UNITED.

      Participating restaurants will donate aportion of their sales on Tuesday, November 13 to agencies thathelp the hungry and homeless in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties.

      Shelters that will receive funding from this event are: Crisis Center,Salvation Army, Central Nebraska Community Services and Hope Harbor.

      "Dine Unitedis an opportunity to give back to our community by dining out at aparticipating local restaurant. Yourmeal out provides for their night in at one of our local homeless shelters,"said Karen Rathke, Heartland United Way president.

      "All you have to do is invite your friendsand families out for supper, pick a restaurant on the list and enjoy a nicemeal knowing you are providing a warm meal and a safe place for people in needto stay."

      Participatingrestaurants include:

      • Applebee's,
      • Arby's,
      • Bonzai Beach Club,
      • Buffalo Wild Wings,
      • Bunkhouse,
      • The Chocolate Bar,
      • Coney Island,
      • Cookie Crumbs and Kernels,
      • DairyQueen,
      • Denny's,
      • Dickey's Barbecue Pit,
      • Farmer's Daughter CafĂ©,
      • Fuji Japanese Steakhouse& Sushi Bar,
      • Jim's Gyros and Greek Food,
      • Little Caesar's,
      • Olive Garden,
      • Papa Murphy's,
      • Pizza Hut,
      • Qdoba Mexican Grill,
      • Runza,
      • Sam & Louie's Pizza,
      • Sin City Grill,
      • Slugger's Sports Bar & Grill,
      • Sonic Drive-In,
      • Subway,
      • TacoJohn's,
      • Texas Roadhouse,
      • Uncle Ed's Steakhouse,
      • USA Steak Buffet, and
      • Wendy's.

      According to the 2012 Point in Time survey, on any given day in Grand Island area and greater Nebraska there are 182 homeless individuals in emergency shelter,385 homeless individuals living in transitional shelter, and 170 homelessindividuals that remain unsheltered, with the average age of the homeless being14 years old.

      "We aregrateful for the support of local restaurants to help feed and shelter peoplewho are homeless and hungry," Rathke said."These participating restaurants have made it easy to help people inneed."

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