Visit Orlando distributes Magical Dining funds

Stop by Orlando presented a check to two local charities with the proceeds elevated by this year’s Magical Eating marketing. The corporations, Pathlight Household and iDignity, two local charities that offer with homelessness and delivering important services, will share $289,291, representing just one dollar for just about every Magical Dining meal bought by collaborating restaurants. (Apparently, one particular individual dined solo.)

Pictured in the picture previously mentioned, from left, are Brian Arrives, Check out Orlando board chair IDignity reps Michael Dippy, Anne Taylor and Phillip Henry Pathlight Home associates Gabriella Trevino and Babette Allen Casandra Matej, Stop by Orlando president and CEO.

The presentation was manufactured through Visit Orlando’s annual meeting Friday.

“We have been honored to have been preferred as a beneficiary of this year’s Magical Dining program,” mentioned Helaine Blum, CEO and co-founder of Pathlight Residence. “To date in excess of 7,000 homeless and minimal-income folks have observed a dwelling and assistance expert services by our corporation. And, many thanks to this funding, even more will have the comfort of a roof more than their head and the solutions they need to have to turn into empowered, self-enough members of our community.”

Dippy, govt director of IDignity, claimed: ”All of us at IDignity were particularly grateful and humbled to have been a beneficiary of Stop by Orlando’s Magical Eating application this 12 months. IDignity is honored to lover in increasing the good quality of everyday living in Orlando by aiding U.S. citizens and lawful citizens in acquiring their legal identification documents. Access to identification not only empowers men and women to far better their personal lives, it also cultivates a culture that is extra inclusive, effective, and safe for us all.”

For the duration of the promotion, which ran from Aug 27 by Oct. 17, together with a two-7 days extension, taking part eating places presented 3-course menus priced at $37. The dining establishments fork out Stop by Orlando a advertising fee to take part and agree to donate a single dollar from each individual Magical Eating sale to the charities.

In quite a few scenarios, the prix fixe menu represents a deal over the restaurant’s frequent a la carte menu price ranges and diners see it as a way to consider a restaurant that may well ordinarily be out of finances variety. Restaurants see it as a way to introduce by themselves to new consumers.

This year, Take a look at Orlando prolonged the program’s influence by awarding a $2,000 donation to just one nearby nonprofit on the front strains of homelessness in every single of Orange County’s six fee districts. Those recipients included The Central Florida Hope Heart, Latino Leadership, Matthew’s Hope, Skilled Chances Software, Project Street Light and Zebra Coalition.

Since 2009, Visit Orlando’s Magical Eating has lifted around $2 million for community charities.