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Give and Gather: Bars and restaurants team up to support Volunteers of America this week

Rae-Lynn Barden of Volunteers of America and Bill Powers of Brick West Brewing are participating in the Give and Gather fundraiser in which 10% of lunch sales will be donated.  (Kathy Plonka)

Some of Spokane’s favorite local gathering spots will donate a portion of their sales this week to support Volunteers of America Eastern Washington.

Volunteers of America runs shelters for youth, women and veterans in Spokane, including Crosswalk Youth Shelter and Hope House.

Now in its third year, the Give and Gather event will raise money for the nonprofit’s housing programs.

“We love it because it is a way to eat local and give to charity,” said Rae-Lynn Barden, Volunteers of America communications director.

Among others, the Elk Public House and the Two Seven Public House will donate 10% of their lunch sales, Emma Rue’s will donate $1 from a specialty cocktail, Park Inn Bar and Grill will donate $1 from every pizza and Zona Blanca will donate $1 from every margarita starting Monday.

“It’s a different kind of idea that brings people into the restaurant and helps a good cause,” said Marshall Powell, the general manager of the Elk.

The week will culminate in a pint night Friday at Brick West Brewing with the Volunteers of America team and board members. Drop in between 4 and 7 p.m. The brewery will donate 5% of the evening’s sales.

Barden said the gathering is a fun way to thank all the donors and volunteers who help the organization throughout the year.

“Volunteers of America is doing some of the hardest, most effective work in our community,” Brick West marketer Bill Powers said. “It is an extra valuable place for us to help out.”

Other establishments participating this week:

Remedy Kitchen and Tavern will donate 10% of all proceeds Monday and Tuesday.

Iron Goat Brewing will donate $1 from every pint from 4 p.m. to closing Tuesday.

Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ will donate 10% of sales all day Wednesday.

People’s Waffle will donate $1 per waffle, excluding kids’ meals, Monday to Thursday.

Saranac Public House will donate 100% of pretzel sales Friday.

Hogwash Whiskey Den will donate $1 from every cocktail Friday and Saturday.

James Hanlon's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane community. This story can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.