The Union City Lion's Club, in partnership with fifteen Union City Restaurants, held its third annual Restaurant Stroll last night. For $15, attendees had the opportunity to sample dishes from each restaurant.
The Stroll was held at 5:30 pm at Union Landing. With around 300 people in attendance, it was a sold-out event that raised approximately $4,500. The Lion's Club will use all of the money to support Union City and its residents.
"[The money] will be returned to the community through grants to deserving organizations," said Lion's Club President Tony Acosta.
Many of the organizations and programs chosen to receive donations support local youth. These include local Scout troops, youth sports, co-curricular programs sponsored by schools within the New Haven Unified School District, and Logan High School Forensics. In addition, four scholarships will be given to local high school graduates. The Lion's Club will donate funds to several additional community programs, as well.
The event also provided an opportunity for Union City restaurants to increase their visibility among local residents and gain new customers. The restaurants included:
"It's a fun event and a good chance to see people who maybe wouldn't usually come to Chili's," said Sara Horner, Managing Partner of Chili's Grill and Bar in Union City. "It's an opportunity to bring in new guests and help the Lion's Club, so it's a win-win," Horner added.