Dine Out for Shelter event raises $17,500 for Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center
Two Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center volunteers pose for a picture at Pastry Pub in Cedar City to help promote the event, photo courtesy of Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center

Fifteen restaurants and thousands of diners helped Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center, or CCWCC, raise $17,500 for its sixth annual Dine Out for Shelter fundraising event in October.

“This is such an important event for the CCWCC, as it is our largest annual fundraiser,” said fundraising chair and CCWCC board member Tessa Douglas. “We are so grateful for the generosity of the restaurant owners and our community members who gave such tremendous support. Without all of you, this event could not have been successful.”

Restaurants throughout Cedar City participated by donating 15 to 50 percent of their proceeds Oct. 19. Participants this year included Pizza Cart, Pisco Peruvian, Great Harvest, All American Diner, Brick House Café, Centro, Charlies, both Dairy Queen locations, Depot Grill, El Quetzal, Pastry Pub, Pork Belly’s, Teriyaki Grill, and Chili’s.

This is the second year in a row Pizza Cart has donated 50 percent of its proceeds for the Dine Out event. Pizza Cart earned the award for the highest funds raised from a combination of its restaurant proceeds and donations from Pizza Cart diners. Pizza Cart’s total donations equaled $3,166.

“We are happy to help out and feel that it is a good cause,” said Cindy and Jason Murray, owners of Pizza Cart. “We look forward to doing it every year.”

According to CCWCC, government grants — the organization’s largest source of financial donations — require matching donations in order to access grant funds. Financial donations can be used to address any pressing needs of the center and its programs while grant funds are limited to specific services or items. These financial donations often mean the difference between cutting back services versus expanding them to meet the needs of a community.

“We live in such a generous community,” Douglas said. “I was constantly humbled by how willing to give our local restaurant owners were as well as by how charitable the patrons were who dined out that day. It speaks volumes about the people who live here, and I’m grateful and proud to be a part of this amazing community.”

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