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United Way Dining Certificates — perfect stocking stuffers

Looking for a perfect and easy holiday gift?

Do your employees, family and friends like to eat out, especially during the holiday season?

You might want to consider the perfect gift or stocking stuffer — a United Way Dining Certificate. By purchasing the dining certificates, you will have indirectly made a $5, no strings attached, donation per certificate to the United Way at absolutely no cost to you to help those in need in your community.

From now until April 30, you can purchase United Way $25 Dining Certificates directly from the United Way, use them at any of the 24 local restaurants listed below, receive full face value, and $5 from each certificate will stay with the United Way as a donation from the participating restaurant. The concept is simple: go to one of the restaurants and order your food (some restaurants will allow the certificate to be used towards alcoholic beverages as well) and then pay with the certificate. (Certificates cannot be used for taxes, tips, or prior balances and cannot be combined with other restaurant certificates, third party certificates, coupons or promotions.) Certificate payment is made to United Way, and $20 will be issued back to the restaurant upon use of the certificate thus generating the $5 donation.

The United Way hopes that you will support this program through holiday gifts and by keeping several certificates in your car so they will be readily available the next time you stop to eat at one of the following participating restaurants, seven of which are new to the program this year (Higher Grounds will even exchange the certificate for a $25 gift card that you can debit each time you come in for coffee or towards any item in the store):

Alley House Grille, JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant and Pub, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Nello’s Bistro, Ole Miner’s Steakhouse, Pablo’s Diner, Pagosa Baking Company, Pagosa Brewing Company, Plaza Grille, Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant, Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, The Rose Restaurant, Victoria’s Cafe, Saloon and Grill, Bacci Italian Restaurant, Bear Creek Saloon and Grill, Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon, Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar, Cafe Colorado, Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern, D.J.’s Italian Grill, Dogwood Cafe, ElkHorn Cafe, Farrago?Market Cafe and Higher Grounds Coffee Company.

Certificates really do make wonderful and easy stocking stuffers, employee gifts, hostess gifts, or just as an incentive for eating out. Please support the United Way, and the participating restaurants, in this endeavor to provide additional funding for the 15 local charitable organizations covered by United Way this year. Certificates are available for purchase from the Chamber of Commerce, PLPOA Recreation Center on Park Avenue, United Way office located in the Jann Pitcher Real Estate building, United Way board members and volunteers, and from representatives of the 15 charitable organizations: American Red Cross, Archuleta County Education Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Colorado Housing Inc., Girl Scouts of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, Southwest Smile Makers Dental Program, Seeds of Learning, Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Southwest Conservation Corps, and Volunteers of America.

For further information on dining certificates or on United Way in general, contact Teddy Adler Finney, Community Relations Coordinator, at 731-0484.