Carrboro restaurant Glasshalfull’s “Dine for a Cause” program, which donates 10 percent of sales to local charities on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, raised more than $34,000 in 2018.
The funds go to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday nights. The Wednesday night proceeds are split five ways among PORCH, the Carrboro Community Health Center, the Dispute Settlement Center, the Orange County Literacy Council and UNC Horizons.
Dine for a Cause started when Glasshalfull partnered with the Lineberger Center. The restaurant's co-owner, Jim Wald, had just lost a friend to pancreatic cancer, and noted as a cancer survivor himself, that it is “something that touches everybody.”
Wald said he was tired of the way donations were handled at the restaurant. He said before Dine for a Cause, groups that did events with Glasshalfull changed weekly, the small contributions were difficult to track and there was no way to know if the restaurant was donating as much as it could.
Wanting to have a program in place that fit the business and was more organized, Glasshalfull decided to partner with the Lineberger Center, donating 10 percent of lunch and dinner sales on Tuesdays. Both the Lineberger Center and the restaurant promoted the events, and Wald said sales increased during the first year between 20 and 25 percent.