Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spaghetti Dinner:
13th Annual Lighted Way Benefit

Monday, April 7th is around the corner, and we wouldn't want you to miss the annual Lighted Way Spaghetti Dinner held here at the Uptown Grill. This will be the 13th year that we have hosted the event, and it is something that we look forward to every year! 

We'll have normal business hours from 11am to 3pm, but the real fun starts at 4:30.  Please come help support this great cause anytime between 4:30 and 8pm.  Either dine in or carryout... we will be serving up spaghetti, fresh baked bread, salad, coffee and cake for a donation of $8.00 per plate.  The proceeds made from the Spaghetti Dinner will be put into the Lighted Way foundation and dispersed to meet the needs of its students.  Come one, come all!

Over the course of the last 13 years, we have served over 25,000 plates of spaghetti and helped raise over $180,000. Each year, we have a very dedicated staff of volunteers from Uptown Grill employees, families and friends to those employees and volunteers from the Lighted Way. We always have a great turnout of help dedicated to serving our community. It is always a wonderful night with a packed house serving plate after plate of pasta knowing you're working towards a goal of helping this great cause. 

What is amazing about this yearly event is that all of your charitable dollars stay local, right in the Illinois Valley for the Lighted Way Foundation located in LaSalle. Lighted Way has been a local private day school that has catered to students with developmental disabilities since 1957, and this is their major yearly benefit.

Lighted Way's Symbol is "Light" and they strive to:

  • Light the way for students with disabilities
  • Instill in each child a sense of self-worth
  • Guide students through their educational and therapeutic programs
  • Help students be an integral part of their community
  • Treat each child with dignity, respecting their individual differences

The Lighted Way currently enrolls over 30 students ranging in ages from 3 to 22 years old. These students are taught by certified special education teachers, and additional care is provided by teacher aides. Lighted Way has extensive programs geared towards engaging its students both educationally and therapeutically: music, occupational, physical, speech and language. The Lighted Way teachers also provide their students help to develop skills in the areas of self-help, social, readiness, independent living, motor, perceptual motor, and computer with additional training in physical education, augmentative communication and vocational preparation.

We are a community coming together to make this such a success. Thank you all for your past help and donations and we look forward to seeing you all again this year!

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