South Bend restaurants donate thousands to Beacon Children's Hospital
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- As the South Bend community continues to grow and expand, helping hands are growing with it.
Wednesday, the Downtown Dining Association presented a $30,000 check to the Beacon's Children Hospital.
In total, the association has donated $110,000 to the health system over the past four years.
"We all get involved and give back to the community," explains Leonardo Duren, the general manager of Cinco 5.
Cinco 5 is one of the near dozen restaurants apart of the DDA.
"When guests come in, they help us, and we try to help them and the community," says Duren.
The money comes from the profits made by each restaurant during both summer and winter restaurant weeks.
Each restaurant donates 10% of their profits made during each restaurant week.
"This building, this facility, would not be possible without the support of local business owners, public officers, and everyone in the community. Everyone's really played a part in the new Beacon Children's Hospital, explains Paul Davis.
Davis is the Gift Officer for the Beacon Health Foundation.
He says, South Bend is a community that is growing together, and coming together to help one another in times of need.
"Every year [the amount] continues to go up, and up, and up, which is a true testament to the resurgence of downtown South Bend," adds Davis.
A resurgence of downtown, leading to a resurgence of charity.
"I've been here for over ten years, and every year it seems like the area keeps getting more and more involved with what everyone else is doing," explains Davis. "That is just a fantastic thing, because everyone just holds everyone else accountable to make this place great."
Davis says that the money donated goes to new technology, different types of equipment, and community resources.