UPDATED: Achieve Expands ‘Night of 100 Dinners’ to Include Local Restaurants

by The Village Green
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The article has been updated to reflect a new date for The Maplewood Grille’s Night of 100 Dinners date: Maplewood Grille will now be donating a percentage of proceeds from sales on Monday, March 7 to Achieve (instead of Sunday, March 6).

From the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood: 

The Achieve Foundation’s “Night of 100 Dinners” is an annual fundraising event, now in its 12th year, in which local residents host dinners in their homes to raise awareness of and money for Achieve programs that directly impact students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.

Hosts donate their party costs to Achieve, in-kind, and guests contribute $50 per person to attend. Sixty party hosts and co-hosts have invited over 1,000 guests throughout Maplewood and South Orange into their homes for the event, scheduled on March 5th, 2016.

New for this year, Achieve has expanded the event by partnering with local restaurants, who will donate a percentage of their net proceeds to Achieve as “Night of 100 Dinners Restaurant Hosts” on the following dates and times:

  1. Thursday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Verjus Restaurant, 1790 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (reservations are encouraged);
  2. Monday, March 7, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.: The Maplewood Grille, 149 Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood;
  3. Tuesday, March 8, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: Bunny’s Sports Bar, 14 West South Orange Avenue in South Orange (donation based on food purchases only).

No invitation required! Simply show up at any (or all) of the restaurants at the specified dates and times, mention you are there for Achieve’s Night of 100 Dinners, and dine as usual.

“Every year, we get inquiries from people in the community who want to participate in the event but aren’t able to host or attend a party,” said Achieve’s Executive Director, Deborah Prinz. “Our Night of 100 Dinners Restaurant Hosts are creating an opportunity for anyone – even whole families – to be a part of it. At the same time, we welcome the support of these generous local businesses and hope that this great cause will increase their patronage.”

The Achieve Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that raises private funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood (NJ). Achieve supports classroom grants, volunteer tutors, professional development and district-wide initiatives. Currently, Achieve is promoting STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) — learning through creative problem-solving and cultivating skills that students need to succeed in a changing world.

To find out more about Achieve, visit achievefoundation.org or www.facebook.com/AchieveFoundation.

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