WELCOME to Vergant's May 15 - June 19 Dining to Make a Difference Fest -- a month-long festival that builds community and rebuilds business for downtown's restaurant industry while raising awareness and funds for affiliated charities. Details of this exciting celebration follow. And we hope you will return to these pages soon and often for updates, including any event changes or rain plans.

WHAT: May 15 - June 19 South-of-Chambers-Street Scavenger Hunt and Celebration that encourages participants to patronize as many Dining to Make a Difference and downtown venues (including restaurants, retail stores and cultural institutions) as possible, and to collect PoP (Proof of Presence) materials from each.

PoP: Proof of Presence materials can include pictures taken, notes on napkins, business cards, coasters, matchbooks, menus, mementos (but nothing that would constitute stealing), and more. Be creative!!!

Prizes: Will be awarded to Scavenger Hunt entrants in such categories as most places visited, most creative display of PoP materials (we’re thinking collages, montages, decoupages and more) and most amusing and moving photos of and anecdotes about the experience. As of this posting, ALL entrants will be winners! Participants should bring their PoP displays to the stage area of our June 19 finale (see below) no later than 6:00 pm, for an awards ceremony slated for 6:45 pm, or can make other arrangements by e-mailing info@vergant.com.

Dates: May 15 - June 19 promotion, with after-work events each Wednesday from opening through closing. Each event begins at 5:30, lasts until Sunset and closes with a procession of rescue team Scott and Bear Shields and interested program participants to the next week's location. Throughout, participants are encouraged to patronize as many downtown establishments as possible. All events are free and open to the public -- although participants are encouraged to eat and drink at each establishment -- with funds for charity raised via a percentage of food and beverage proceeds, weekly raffles and a closing night auction.

 

May 15, 5:30 - Sunset: Fire Company Brew kick-off party on Washington Street between Rector and Albany, with happy hours at:
Moran's, 103 Washington Street at Rector, 212/732-2020, with a portion of proceeds to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Giovanni's Atrium, 100 Washington Street at Rector, 212/513-4133, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Windows of Hope.
85 West and Roy's New York in the Marriott Financial Center, 130 Washington Street between Albany and Carlisle, 212/385-4900, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Children's Miracle Network. For a map of Moran's, Giovanni's and Roy's -- which are best reached by taking the N/R train to Rector, the 4/5 or the 1/2 to Wall St and walking west on Rector to Washington -- click here. For a fun report on opening night, click here.

May 22, 5:30 - Sunset: Dining to Make a Difference at Steamers Landing, 375 South End Ave. between Liberty and Albany, 212/432-1451. Features "Dog Bless America" happy hour, wherein owners are encouraged to bring their pets and their heroic animal tales to Steamer's terrace. Dog Date Afternoon with Scott and Bear Shields to be auctioned off to benefit The Suffolk County SPCA. Steamers is best reached by taking the N/R train to Rector, the 4/5 or the 1/2 to Wall St and walking west to the Esplanade and north to Albany. For a map, click here. For a fun report on that event, click here.

May 29, 5:30 - Sunset: Dining to Make a Difference at Southwest, 2 World Financial Center, 212/945-0528, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Ground Hero Kids. We will be joined by one or more heroic ships (docked at North Cove) and by marine workers that helped with 9.11 relief efforts. Southwest is best reached by taking the 1/2 or A/C/E trains to Chambers Street, and walking south and west to North Cove and the World Financial Center. For a map, click here.

June 5, 5:30 - Sunset: Dining to Make a Difference at American Park, inside Battery Park (opposite 17 State Street), 212/809-5508, with a portion of proceeds to benefit The Fund for World Trade Center Greenmarket Farmers. Enjoy sweeping river views and the music of Toni Condos. American Park is in the southeast corner of Battery Park, and is best reached by taking the N/R to Whitehall or the 4/5 to Bowling Green. For a map, click here.

June 12, 5:30 - Sunset: Dining to Make a Difference at Rise Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, Two West St., 212/344-0800, with a portion of proceeds to benefit The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation. Enjoy some of the city's most stunning views of Hudson, Harbor and Liberty, with a potential Fire Boat salute in the offing. Rise Bar is best reached by taking the N/R to Whitehall or the 4/5 to Bowling Green and walking north and west through Battery Park to the Ritz-Carlton. For a map, click here.

June 19, 5:30 - 9:30pm: Dining to Make a Difference Finale and Street Fair, Washington Street between Albany and Carlisle. Enjoy music, farmer's market, food and beverage tastings and more while raising funds for selected charities. Bid on scintillating auction prizes. Meet rescue team Scott and Bear Shields. For a map of Washington Street -- which is best reached by taking the N/R train to Rector, the 4/5 or the 1/2 to Wall St and walking west -- click here. For finale details and schedule, click here.

To facilitate your patronage and enjoyment of downtown and its restaurant, retail and recreation establishments, please visit the ever-expanding Dining to Make a Difference list, as well as the sites of our friends, Downtown Alliance, Wall Street Rising, and their Do It Downtown discount card program, NYC & Co and their June 24 - 28 Restaurant Week, and EventMe. To be added to our event invite list, please e-mail subscribeme@vergant.com with the words "Subscribe Me!" in the subject and/or text of your e-mail.

Dining to Make a Difference is a program of Vergant, Inc. -- developers of pro-social programs, products and promotions, and a proud supporter of downtown's community and economy. Following the May 15 - June 19 Downtown Dining to Make a Difference Fest, the program will expand to encompass additional neighborhoods and themes. DMD’s next series of events will kick off on June 19, will be done in partnership with “A Growing Concern: The Baum Forum on Food and Farming," and will focus on markets and restaurants that support and promote local agriculture, viticulture and farmers. For every good reason, we hope you will join us.

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Vergant founder Wendy Dubit:

Wendy Dubit
Vergant, Inc.
77 Fifth Avenue, #2C
New York, NY 10003
212/873-8158 * fax 212/873-8157
917/334-6925 @ Vergant and on Cell
wendy@vergant.com * www.vergant.com


    

 

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