'Hunger Night' to benefit local service agencies April 12

Mount Mercy University students in the Emerging Leaders Program are coordinating a community-wide fundraiser to benefit local non-profit organizations. Dubbed “Hunger Night,” Mount Mercy has partnered with local restaurants to donate a percentage of revenue earned on Thursday, April 12, to area non-profits.

Funds raised from the restaurants on April 12 will benefit four local agencies: Catherine McAuley Center, The ARC of East Central Iowa, Four Oaks, and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), Inc. Food Reservoir. The student-led project is being organized by seniors in Mount Mercy’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Patrons visiting one of the participating restaurants on April 12 must mention “Hunger Night” to their server and write “Hunger Night” on their receipt. Some restaurants require customers to bring a flyer advertising the fundraiser.

Local restaurants participating in Hunger Night include:

**Lone Star Steakhouse
4545 1st Ave SE 
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 393-9648
Participating hours: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
**Required to bring flyer Click here to print

Culver's in CR
2405 Edgewood Road SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Participating hours: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Culver's in Marion
1375 Red Fox Way
Marion, IA 52302
Participating hours: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Culver's in Hiawatha
1005 N. Center Point Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Participating hours: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

3310 Southgate Ct SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Participating hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
**Required to bring Perkins flyer Click here to print

Orange Leaf
2300 Edgewood Rd.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Participating hours: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The four agencies benefiting from this partnership support community needs in various ways and align with Mount Mercy’s mission to serve others in need. The Catherine McAuley Center was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, and provides transitional housing for women, in addition to adult education for men and women. The ARC of East Central Iowa provides programs and services to families and individuals affected by mental impairments. Four Oaks supports children and families living in various circumstances that alter the well-being of the family unit. HCAP food reservoir is a program offered through the community action agency that works to ensure food security for those in need.

As part of Mount Mercy’s mission, students engage in service opportunities that benefit the community and those in need. Students in the Emerging Leaders Program continually work to make an impact on the community through service, employment, and fellowship as part of their development as leaders.

Mount Mercy’s Coordinator of Leadership Programs Mindy Chrisman said every year seniors in the Emerging Leaders Program choose a project that will have a large impact on the community. This year, members wanted to find a way to give back to four agencies they felt have made a noticeable difference in the community.

“This event is a way for our community to continue to support these agencies for the good work they do. Our seniors have volunteered specifically with these organizations for the past three years and have had incredible experiences there. We invite everyone to join us for this event and support these great agencies,” Chrisman said.

For more information, contact Chrisman at (319) 363-1323 ext. 1599 or e-mail MMUHungernight@gmail.com.

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