Chapel Hill: Opinion

Roses and raspberries, Sept. 24

Roses to the five restaurants that have achieved milestone years by participating in the RSVVP (Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent) event in 2013.

Awards were delivered recently to Jersey Mike’s on Elliott Road and Weaver Street Market Café in Southern Village for 10 years participation; Daily Grind Espresso Café and Open Eye Café for 15 years, and Squid’s for 20 years.

Coincidentally, each of the awards was accompanied by a fragrant red rose!

The 25th annual RSVVP day in 2013 raised more than $20,000 bringing the cumulative 25-year total to $431,381. This popular, annual fund-raiser is slowly inching its way to a half million dollars of much needed funds to meet the increasing requests for assistance from the hungry in our community.

Dozens more roses should go to those many other restaurant owners who achieved their milestones at an earlier date and are still operating: 10-year participation – 25 restaurants; 15-year participation – 17 restaurants; 20-year participation – 15; and six restaurants that have participated every year since the start of RSVVP in 1989.

RSVVP is an important fundraising event for the InterFaith Council for Social Service because it supports its hunger-relief programs, which include the Community Kitchen and the emergency food pantry. In 2013, the IFC served almost 85,000 meals through its Community Kitchen program and delivered almost 17,000 bags of groceries to needy families through its emergency food pantry program.

“Restaurants are asked over and over again to help support fundraising efforts in Chapel Hill and Carrboro,” says Irene Briggaman, RSVVP founder, “and bless their hearts, they continue to do that.”

When asked by reporters, restaurant owners continue to cite their caring about hunger issues as they work in the food business.

Greg Overbeck, a partner of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, the parent company of Squid’s, said, ”We believe in giving back to the community, since the community has been supporting us for many, many years.” The feeling of giving back to the community in which the restaurants are located was echoed by each of the award honorees.

Mark your calendars, RSVVP Day in 2014 will be Tuesday, Nov. 11. The list of participating restaurants will be published in the Chapel Hill News and online at

Roses from reader Lois Boynton to UNC and NBA great Eric Montross, who will serve as honorary chair of Cornucopia Cancer Support Center’s annual Golf Tourney for the fourth year in a row. Montross will join others on the Brier Creek Country Club links on Monday, Sept. 29, for the annual event.

Now in its 10th year, this tournament has grown in popularity and provides businesses great visibility among over 120 players and others who attend this popular event year after year. The $155 per person cost includes range balls, green fees, cart, a box lunch and dinner reception. All players will receive a complimentary pass to play to at Brier Creek Country Club at a later date. For more information call Olivia Lawrence at 919-401-9333.

Roses from reader Mary Andrews to Kayse Renfro, manager of Glen Lennox, for her enthusiastic support of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ “READ2ME:Tailgate Stories,” a summer reading initiative where teachers go into specific neighborhoods, read to children and give away books.

“Kayse promoted the program among her residents and even provided snacks for the children. Her efforts, along with teachers, Jaimi West, Caroline Hatley and Candace White, contributed to the exceptional response,” says Andrews, te program coordinator. “The Glen Lennox office was overflowing with books as well as with children and parents the entire week.”