United Way

Dine United, a popular week-long event featuring six of the area’s top restaurants, resumes here Monday, October 14.

  Coordinated by the United Way of Stephens County, featured restaurants encourage their patrons to enjoy a quality dining experience and help support the United Way fund-raising campaign that helps 14 partner agencies.

  Boom-a-rang Diner, Chuckwagon BBQ Bar & Grill, La Taqueria, Rib Crib, The Merchant and Wishbone Scratch Kitchen are Dine United partners.

  “We couldn’t be more excited,” Betty Beck, board chairman of the United Way, admitted. “Dine United has become a wonderful event for us, one that helps everyone who participates.

  “Patrons enjoy a great meal,” she explained. “Restaurants, who provide a portion of their proceeds to the United Way, attract larger crowds and share their best lunch and dinner menu items. And the agencies benefit from funds that help local residents temporarily down on their luck, in need of a second chance or who are seeking a slight ray of hope.”

  A couple of Dine United participants are offering their meals on multiple days during the week-long event and have extended their hours to include lunch and dinner.

  The Merchant (926 West Main; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) launch this special week on Monday,  October  14.

  Boom-a-rang Diner (835 West Main; Noon to 9 p.m.) join the festivities Tuesday, October 15 along with Chuckwagon BBQ Bar and Grill and La Taqueria (1206 North Highway 81; 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.)

  Wednesday, October 16, Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)  takes the spotlight along with Boom-a-rang Diner (835 West Main: Noon to 9 p.m.)

  Rib Crib (2303 N. Highway 81) makes its first appearance Thursday, October 17, joining Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road). Rib Crib is only available 3-9 p.m.

  Friday, October 18, is  Wishbone Scratch Kitchen repeats their participation (1800 N. Country Club Road which makes available its menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) 

  No special hours are involved. Patrons will order off regular menus.

 “What an incredible variety of dining opportunities right here in Stephens County,” Beck said, “and what a wonderful group of community-minded businesses willing to get involved in our campaign.”

  Dine United is part of the United Way’s 2019-20 fund-raising campaign headed by Co-chairmen Floyd and Patty Wininger.

  Current agencies are CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Heartline 2-1-1, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center, Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center, and Velma Senior Citizens.

  In addition to its annual campaign and Dine United, the United Way of Stephens County also sponsors and coordinates Readers & Leaders, a reading program in Duncan schools, and A Day of Caring that provides volunteers who help not-for-profit Stephens County agencies with special one-day projects in May.

  Contributions to this year’s $325,000 campaign are still needed and may be sent to the United Way, P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, 73534; or taken to the United Way office at 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9 in downtown Duncan.

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