Four Dartmouth restaurants sign up to help kids
Four Dartmouth restaurants will be serving up food and philanthropy on Nov. 15 by participating in the “Food for Tots” program to benefit the South Coast pediatrics department. The fundraiser began in April, and its grand finale will be on Philanthropy Day. Each restaurant will donate 15% of the day’s proceeds.
The fundraiser’s organizer, Jill Fearons of Mattapoisett, said that the fundraiser has earned Southcoast Health $63,000 so far towards her goal of $100,000.
"What they do is donate all day long, one day out of the month, 15 percent of total sales, alcohol included," Fearons said to describe restaurants’ role in the fundraiser.
Fearons had a very personal motivation to start the fundraiser. Her son Jack had a brain illness, and though he was initially treated at Southcoast Pediatrics, he was eventually transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for months.
"Our goal is to grow the [Southcoast] pediatrics emergency department, open it 24-hours per day, increase the bed capacity, everything, which is where all this funding goes to," Fearons said. "We don't want people to have to leave the South Coast to get this sort of care.”
Food for Tots has gotten support from popular radio personality Michael Rock of FUN107 and from WBSM. Boston Children’s Physicians is also collaborating on the project.
In Dartmouth, Buster’s Sports Bar, the Cask and Pig, Fay’s Too, and Max’s will be participating.
For a complete list of participating restaurants, go to www.southcoast.org/philanthropy/food-for-tots.