Looking for an easy way to take action in the local fight against breast cancer? Just dine out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner on Thursday, June 12, two days before the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®. Restaurants — and NEW this year, food trucks — across the St. Louis metro area will welcome patrons and donate a portion of their proceeds to Susan G. Komen® St. Louis during the 6th Annual Dine Out for the Cure®.
Since the inaugural Dine Out for the Cure in 2009, the event has raised more than $400,000 for local life-saving breast health and breast cancer services. Participating restaurants agree to donate 20, 35 or 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to the cause.
Restaurants like Three Kings Public House and Red Robin have participated in Dine Out and are strong supporters of the cause.
“Cancer impacts everyone, including some of our team members, customers and their family members,” says Colleen Schluter of Red Robin. “Some have made it and others unfortunately have not. This is our way of participating and helping with breast cancer research and eventually finding a cure.”
Red Robin has been a part of Dine Out for the Cure since the beginning in 2009. This year, eight Red Robin restaurants in the St. Louis area, including the Metro East, will take part in the event. Through their years of participation, Red Robin staff members have found ways of making the day an enjoyable experience for employees and customers alike.
“It’s a rewarding event,” says Colleen. “You can see the people that you know are there to help support the cause. Some are currently fighting breast cancer, others include families and friends of people who have fought.”
At Three Kings Public House, co-owner Ryan Pinkston has a personal reason to support Komen St. Louis and help end breast cancer forever. His mother is a breast cancer survivor.
“When we opened Three Kings, it really was a no-brainer to decide to take part in this,” says Ryan. “It’s our way of paying forward the prayers and favors for those who did it for my mom. We want to stay involved in the community and raise as much as possible. That’s what this event is all about.”
Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised locally stays here to fund breast health and breast cancer screening, education and patient navigation programs. The remaining 25 percent funds groundbreaking global breast cancer research, including research being done in St. Louis.
Visit komenstlouis.org for a complete list of participating restaurants and food trucks, hours of service, and locations categorized by neighborhood.