Dinner with Friends at Lakeside
by Mary Jane McCall
Dinner with friends, what better way to spend a relaxing evening catching up and enjoying some of our area’s freshest cuisine. Make that dinner plans midweek at Lakeside Restaurant, and you’ll not only be enjoying a night on the town, but also a chance to support local nonprofits.
A delicious dinner in a picturesque setting overlooking Harris Lake seems like all you could ask for, but at Lakeside there’s more to the story. Lakeside recognizes that our community is greatly enhanced by the many non-profits which call Highlands home and they graciously feature “Evenings at Lakeside” as a means to support local non-profits.
Wednesday evenings are set aside for area non-profits to join Lakeside in raising money and awareness for their causes. Interested non-profits should contact Lakeside at (828) 526-9419 to select an available date. Lakeside will donate 15 percent of the non-profit’s guest checks that evening to the non-profit. It is up to each organization and its board members to market their evening. It’s also important that when making reservations, you mention that you are there to support your chosen non-profit.
Since the program’s inception, Lakeside has donated more than $30,000 to area non-profits, donating over $2,500 last year alone. Among area non-profits that have benefited from these evenings in the past are Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Playhouse, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Scaly Mountain Women’s Club, Gordon Center, International Friendship Center, MANNA, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Food Pantry, Hospice House, and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Many are looking forward to choosing their Wednesday night again this year.
Lakeside Owner Laura Huerta believes that it’s “important that we help support the community in which we live and work” and is excited that this year marks the 12th season of giving back.
For more information or to make reservations, please call Lakeside at (828) 526-9419. They are located at 531 Smallwood Avenue. Nonprofits should also call early in the season to reserve their Wednesday night.