It all began after September 11, 2001. A group of restaurant employees in Seattle went to their CEO with the idea to have a "dine out" day to raise money for the 9/11 relief fund.

The CEO not only agreed to their idea, he suggested they go public in an effort to get other restaurants around the Nation to participate as well.

image"DINE FOR AMERICA" as it became known, grew to 8,000 restaurants and raised over 20 million dollars for the relief effort and was the second largest fundraiser for those whose lives were devastated by the events of September 11, 2001.

In light of recent events in our own Gulf region, on Wednesday, October 5th, "DINE FOR AMERICA" will return.

Dine For America is not an organization, instead it’s Restaurants across America, their imageemployees, and guests and the National Restaurant Association uniting in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, by raising funds for The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Check out DINE FOR AMERICA.

100% of the funds raised will go to The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. 100% of the funds raised through Dine For America will go directly to The American Red Cross to help the victims, their families and other needs arising out of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Check out The American Red Cross.

Mäni’s has joined with the thousands of restaurants across the U.S.A. and pledges to give 1 dollar, to Dine For America, for every customer we have on Wednesday the 5th.

So, if you haven’t yet tried our New Menu items, October 5th is the perfect day to come in. Check out the New Menu.

Even if you come in to get your daily Muffin ToGo, we’ll donate 1 dollar. How about a nice Hot Chocolate or Latte ToGo? We’ll donate 1 dollar. Whatever you do, come in and do it on Wed. the 5th of October.

image Double up on your power to help by buying a Helping Hand Cookie for 1 dollar. image All proceeds will go to Americas Second Harvest; and we’ll donate 1 dollar to "Dine For America". Read about Helping Hand Cookie.

Many are planning Dine For America "parties",  getting groups of friends together at  restaurants participating in the Dine For America Fundraiser.

Whether you eat out often or not, if your thinking of dining out the first week in October, do it on the Wednesday the 5th! Find out if your favorite places are participating or not and support those that are.

You might even suggest that they do participate. There are various ways in which a restaurant may be a part of this huge Fundraiser. They should check out the Dine For America Site.(linked above)

Please come by Mäni’s on Wednesday October 5th and be a part of Dine For America. It’s an easy way for customers to play a huge part in the Fundraiser without having to dig deep into your own pockets.

Now that’s a great value!!!