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‘Dine and donate’ to support Chandler Arts Center

February 14th, 2020 development
‘Dine and donate’ to support Chandler Arts Center

By Janelle Molony

Ten Chandler restaurants will join forces with the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 25, to contribute a portion of their sales toward community programs and educational outreaches.

The public is invited to share a meal with a friend or a group of art lovers at the annual “dine and donate” campaign called Eat Your Art Out.

Participating is as easy as pie. Or pasta. Or a drink.

Between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., the restaurants will tally their total sales and donate a portion of profits directly to the arts center.

Diners are encouraged to make reservations for typical mealtime hours such as noon-2 p.m. and 7-7 p.m.

“Last year, we had lines out the door,” reported Michelle MacLennan, arts center general manager.

“The event has really evolved,” Macmillan said. “We used to focus on bringing in a quantity of venues, but now we are focusing more on quality. We’ve been more selective because the goal is to fill those restaurants.”

By reducing the selection, the event is more mutually beneficial for the local businesses and they can be better prepared for the workload, she said.

This year’s restaurants include a variety of food styles and dining atmospheres: CHoP Chandler, Floridino’s, Ginger Monkey, Humble Pie, Nando’s, Rock Lobster, SanTan Brewing Co., Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, The Living Room and West Alley BBQ.

Restaurants have the opportunity to create a special art-themed prefix, dessert or drink in honor of the arts.

Event organizers have not divulged any on the menu, so participants should come ready for a surprise.

Some locations will be visited by local artists and singers who can entertain the diners.

Others will have volunteers from the center on-site to say, “Thank you,” and talk more about the upcoming season of shows and events.

Eat Your Art Out has been growing in its nine years and funding continues to increase.

As the event becomes more popular, more opportunities become available for programming as this is the center’s largest fundraiser of the year.

MacLennan says their goal for 2020 is $20,000.

Specific programs the money will be used for include sponsoring school bus trips to bring students to shows, covering costs for the summer concert series in August and for the “Connecting Kids” program – which offers free or low-cost art experiences to youth.

For more on the event, check out ChandlerCenter.org/EatOut.