“I love making people laugh, it is the best medicine for anything. My comedy has always allowed me an amazing opportunity to make the communities I live in better and help worthy causes. I am honored to be a part of this special evening and help bring a smile to the faces of the children who benefit from the funds raised.” George Wallace
Comedian George Wallace plans to serve customers in a different light on November 15, joining Grape Street Cafe Owner and Chef John Mckibben to celebrate the restaurant’s 15th anniversary by raising money for underprivileged children.
With 100 percent of tips going to Operation School Bell, restaurant patrons are encouraged to tip generously in support of the children the organization serves.
For more than 30 years, Operation School Bell has provided at-risk children in the Las Vegas Valley with needed clothing and personal hygiene items. But the needs continue to rise in recent years. Last year the organization served 8,100 kids, nearly double the amount of children served in 2008. The charity relies solely on grants and donations from the community. The organization is run entirely by volunteers.
“The need is great and these kids are thrilled to come to Operation School Bell and shop as they would in any store. They are excited to choose their own jeans, shirts, underwear, socks, shoes and a winter jacket. You have to experience seeing these children choose a new pair of shoes,” said Dorothy Huffey, volunteer for the Assistance League, the group that operates Operation School Bell.
The Clark County School District refers at-risk children and provides transportation to Operation School Bell. One-on-one, each child is assisted in selecting two outfits.
“For most of the children it’s the only new clothing they receive for the year,” said Huffey. “The need grows each year and we welcome the support of Grape Street and other businesses that donate to Operation School Bell.”
The Assistance League is run exclusively by volunteers and all donations go directly to those in need. With an opportunity to make purchases in bulk, a small donation goes a long way. For instance, $75 can purchase $400 worth of clothing.
“It’s a great way to celebrate our anniversary and make a difference in our community,” said Chef John Mckibben. “We look forward to spending the evening with our customers that have made 15 years possible and enjoy some good food and wine for a good cause.”
It’s the one night each year that Grape Street takes reservations. Call 702.228.9463. Grape Street Cafe is located at 7501 West Lake Mead at Buffalo. www.grapestreetcafe.com. Operation School Bell is located at 6446 West Charleston Boulevard at Torrey Pines 702.870.1991. www.operationschoolbell.org.
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
Thursday, November 15, 6pm-9pm
Comedian George Wallace Serves Patrons at Grape Street Cafe Tips Benefit Operation School Bell
7501 West Lake Mead Blvd. * Free to the public * For reservations 702.228.9463