"The excitement continues as a local fundraising organization launched this summer
endeavors to build family relationships as well as raise money for schools, all
while supporting local food. Dates Makes A Difference is a new educational
fundraising model that allocates funds directly to schools through culinary events.

Dates Make A Difference’s premiere community event will take place on Monday,
August 18 from 6:00-8:00pm at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem.
“Eat for a Cause” is a farm-to-fork dinner benefitting both Second Harvest Food Bank’
Triad Community Kitchen and Dates Make A Difference. The partnership amps up the
chef fun with TCK Program Director/Executive Chef Jeff Bacon and four other top chefs
in the Triad: Spring House’s Tim Grandinetti, Artisan’s Kevin Reddick, Chris Blackburn
from Josephine’s and Marisol’s Tim Thompson.

It’s called “Eat for a Cause” because the organizations hope to bring the community,
businesses, families and schools together, all in one place, to experience a true farm to
fork experience that’s sure to be delicious. In addition to the tasty food at Eat for a
Cause, Dates Make a Difference will share its vision of supporting businesses, local
food, encouraging families and strengthening education at a local level. This event is
important to both TCK and DMD as it will assist in providing operating funds as we head
into the school year and quarter. The more folks come out, the better chance they have
to learn about two worthwhile causes.

About Dates Make A Difference: 
Dates Make a Difference was founded to introduce a new educational fundraising
model. Direct, identifiable project-based fundraising where students and parents see
dollar-for-dollar where their funds go. A backpack program that sends groceries home
for needy families, an educational field trip, a community garden…all are just an
example of project-based DMD fundraising. ! !

How we do it: We partner with local restaurants and food suppliers to offset the cost of
the event. This lowered cost is passed on to the parents. Our goal is to allocated as
much of the funds raised as possible directly to the project at hand. The focus of the
event meal is on local-grown slow food prepared by local chefs and restaurateurs.!

To learn more, visit our website at www.datesmakeadifference.com, follow on twitter
@datesmakediff or Facebook/Dates Make A Difference."
- A Press Release

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