Journal of the San Juan Islands


Bon appetit: Dine out for Dollars for Scholars, Today | Editorial

March 26, 2013 · Updated 1:04 PM

The full list of restaurants participating in Thursday's Dining for Scholars. / File art

Who doesn’t like to go out for a bite to eat every once and awhile? We certainly do.

One reason is because San Juan Island is home to a tremendous number of quality restaurants and diners. Another is that by satisfying one’s appetite at any one of those establishments you don’t have to cook or do the dishes — big bonus.

Still, the above is only an afterthought, in part, when it comes to “Dining for Scholars”, the yearly fundraiser in which participating restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars’ scholarship fund.

On Thursday, March 28, you can help support the island’s high school graduates and further the mission of Dollars for Scholars by dining out at any one of the 20 restaurants participating in this year’s event, which, bear in mind, is taking place on just one day only. (See the Journal’s March 20 edition, pg. 12, for a list of participating restaurants; breakfast, lunch and dinner options are all available).

It’s difficult to imagine a better win-win than the Dollars for Scholars program. Students can earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money by completing 80 hours of community service by the time they graduate, and can get started as early as 8th grade. That scholarship money is routinely matched by most colleges or universities that a student might attend.

In its 12-year history, Dollars for Scholars has awarded $150,000 in scholarships. A bit of help from you can help ensure future graduates will have the same opportunity.

So, bon appetit, and we’ll see you Thursday.


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