The employees of Weirton's Eat 'n Park are going the extra mile this holiday season, helping to raise money to brighten up Christmas for some children who might not otherwise be able to celebrate.
On Wednesday, the employees of the restaurant, located on Three Springs Drive, will be joined by others in the community as part of the annual Tips for Tots event.
During the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, all tips and donations collected will go toward the company's annual Caring for Kids campaign, which has been going on since Nov. 6. The campaign is held company-wide and works to raise money to benefit Children's Hospitals in many cities, including Pittsburgh and Morgantown.
Among the employees helping to organize this year’s Tips for Tots event are, from left, Brian Smith, manager and co-chair; Sarah Swiger, Liz Bonovich, Pam Jones, and Denise Kalisz, manager and co-chair. The Tips for Tots event will take place Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Craig Howell
The Weirton restaurant also will be drawing for several prizes as part of the event, including gift baskets, various Steelers merchandise and a company-wide drawing for a new Mercury Milan. -- Craig Howell
"We're hoping for it to be an exciting day," said Denise Kalisz, restaurant manager and co-chair of this year's event. "Everything is for the kids."
The Weirton restaurant has been the top fundraiser for the campaign the last four years, and, so far, has raised $1,800.
One of the attractions for Weirton's Tips for Tots event is the inclusion of special guest servers, who will work alongside the restaurant's employees. These guests will include local public officials, media personalities, police and firefighters.
There also is a visit planned from Santa Claus, to take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. During that time, people will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the jolly elf for a $5 donation, and the pictures will be printed and delivered on site.
"We have lots of entertainment," Kalisz said.
Among those slated to perform are the Liberty Elementary Bell Ringers at 1 p.m.; Mark Liggett and Herb Lloyd playing guitar at 4 p.m.; Bob Rush on banjo at 5 p.m.; the Salt and Pepper Barbershop Quartet at 6 p.m.; Dancing Big Heads at 7 p.m.; and the St. Paul Choir at 8 p.m.
Kalisz said there also will be facepainting throughout the day, and an appearance by Snowbird
Another event held recently at the Weirton restaurant was a "Change for Change" day, in which employees asked patrons to donate any spare change they may have had. Those contributions also went toward the Caring for Kids campaign.
"We're just really excited," Kalisz said.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)