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Geneva restaurants donate nearly $3,000 to Boys and Girls Club

The Geneva BID and downtown restaurants donated nearly $3,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva yesterday as the result of the first-annual “#Commit2Geneva Downtown Restaurant Week.” Participating restaurants offered a range of specials, unique menu items, in addition to their traditional options from October 31st to November 6th, with donations benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.

“The Geneva BID will take a lot of lessons from this inaugural event but are proud of participating downtown restaurants who made this a special week,” said Geneva BID Executive Director, Michael P. Mills. “These are challenging times for local restaurants and their willingness to donate to Boys and Girls Club of Geneva should make us all proud, and we thank customers who made this week a success too.”

Diners used a QR code to download the list of participating restaurants on posters around town, and on the Geneva BID website and Facebook page.

The Boys and Girls Club were selected because of the critical role they play in our community, feeding and empowering young people. The work is outcome and data-driven and increasingly meaningful in the current COVID-19 climate and economy.

Participating restaurants include Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante, Cam’s Pizzeria, The Elephant Geneva, F2T Kitchen at the Geneva Ramada Waterfront, F.L.X. Fry Bird, Geneva Gelato, Mark’s Pizzeria, Opus Café and Water Street Café. This year’s program allowed individual restaurants the choice of how to participate to encourage creativity and donation amounts that fit within their individual circumstances. They came through with $2,964, which was presented yesterday in front of the Geneva BID offices.

This year’s restaurant week is named after the recently launched “#commit2geneva” campaign. This initiative lets customers know our businesses are taking the necessary precautions to keep them and the staff safe; and asking visitors to do the same. The campaign, launched in July, is sponsored by WegmansLNB Bank and is powered by Geneva BID, 29 Design Studio and The Finger Lakes Times.