By JESSICA ISAACS
The Local restaurant, 179 Howard St. in downtown Boone, will host its May P.A.S.S. event from 6-8 p.m. tonight. This month’s program will benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition.
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.
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.
Raffle items have been donated this month by Haircut 101, SOS Printing, The Local, Welcome Home Thriftique and more.
For more information about the restaurant or the event, visit www.thelocalboone.com or call 828-266-2179.
HUNGER AND HEALTH COALITION
According to its website, the mission of the Hunger and Health Coalition is to relieve poverty and hunger in a compassionate manner for families and individuals who are experiencing economic hardship and food shortages.
This assistance may include food, medicine, and referrals to other community resources. The Hunger and Health Coalition meets emergency needs while acting as a community resource assisting those in need to find a more permanent solution.
The website reads:
The Hunger and Health Coalition provides food and pharmacy assistance to low income families in the area. According to the US Census, 26% of people in Watauga County are living in poverty. Many more have incomes that are above the federal poverty guideline but are not enough to meet their basic needs. Families with limited incomes are often faced with making choices between essential needs. For example, a family might have to choose to pay the electric bill to keep the heat on rather than buying groceries.
Seemingly insignificant problems can have devastating effects on families living from paycheck to paycheck. An unexpected car repair or illness can make limited resources even more scarce, leaving no money for food and other basic needs.
MORE ABOUT P.A.S.S.
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.