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Friday’s P.A.S.S. Event at The Local in Boone to Support The Children’s Council of Watauga Co.


The Local restaurant, 179 Howard St. in downtown Boone, will host its April P.A.S.S. event from 6-8 p.m. on Friday to support The Children’s Council of Watauga County.

Established by the restaurant as its way to give back, The Local partners with various agencies to host P.A.S.S. programs benefiting a different ongoing project, organization or community effort each month.11057738_1025832614111420_826066288079248115_n



Each event brings folks together for food, music, fundraising and awareness that will allow the beneficiary to reach even more people with its message. The restaurant donates 10 percent of its food sales during the event to the beneficiary, as well as 100 percent of raffle ticket sales (after initial ticket purchase) that give patrons a chance to win featured items donated by local businesses.

Purchasing a ticket, or a P.A.S.S., to the program earns event-goers prizes and benefits at different levels.

Each $10 Silver Pass includes entry to one event.

Each $50 Gold Pass includes entry to six events and a 5 percent discount on all food items for cardholders. The Gold Pass expires after one year.

Each $100 Platinum Pass includes entry to one year’s worth of monthly events and a 10 percent discount on all food items for cardholders. The Platinum Pass expires after 18 months.

Each featured event includes free appetizers, one free pint of local beer, glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and one raffle ticket with each ticket purchase.

A representative from each featured organization speaks on that agency’s mission in the community and is available for discussions.

The event will take place in the side room at the restaurant. Dinner guests won’t be required to purchase a ticket in order to enjoy dinner, but they’re welcomed to get in on the fun if they choose to do so.



The Local General Manager Colton Lenz said the restaurant is looking forward to working with The Children’s Council.

“We reached out to a bunch of service organizations to see if and when they wanted to participate,” Lenz said “The children’s council was excited about April, so we’re doing it with them this month.”

According to its website, The Children’s Council is “a local nonprofit that works to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development by strengthening families, the early childhood system and the wider community.”

The site explains that the council carries out its mission by:

  • Administering SMART START and N.C. Pre-K funds to support programs to benefit children ages 0-5 and their families.
  • Convening community stakeholders to develop programs and services that support children and families.
  • Serving as a voice for the early childhood community.
  • Educating the community on the critical needs of young children and helping to develop solutions.

The agency’s vision statement reads: “We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential in a community that supports, nurtures and empowers children and families.”

“They’re our future, right?” Lenz said. “The more people think about our kids—their education, wellbeing, health care, these kinds of things—it’s just better for all of us down the road. I don’t think we do enough of it.”

For more information about the restaurant or the event, visit www.thelocalboone.com or call 828-266-2179.



The name P.A.S.S. represents the ticket required for entry to each event, but also the restaurant and the program’s core values:

PROVIDE: Provide fundraising opportunities through partnering with local philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, educators, social services and others that foster the well-being of the community.

ADVOCATE: Advocating for those in need by improving local social justice issues, education and supporting local organizations that need funding. Through this process, these organizations will be able to better serve their clients and ultimately impact the community overall.

SUSTAIN: Working towards a more self-sufficient community cycle. Utilizing local goods and services not only has a positive impact on the environment but also the local economy. Through supporting local economy, we can become more sustainable as individual businesses. In addition, we are creating a small sustainable culture through increasing the overall health of the community, through partnering with organizations driven toward the service and growth of the community’s needs.

SYNERGY: Combining different services to reach higher potential than the individual services alone. We are more than just the sum of our businesses added together — we are synergistic. By partnering with services that individually may have need, we can build more robust identities through working together.