The Public Square

Nick Quealy-Gainer on the 7th annual Share A Meal fundraiser for Community Shares of Illinois


My name is Nick Quealy-Gainer and I am asking people to join Community Shares of Illinois for our 7th annual Share A Meal, next Tuesday, March 9th at several restaurants around Champaign-Urbana. Proceeds from the event will benefit over 75 non-profit organizations who are members of Community Shares, including 11 charities right here in Champaign County.

People can come out and enjoy a great meal with family and friends and give back to the community at the same time. Now, feeding your own hunger can help feed the hungry, house the homeless, protect civil liberties and much more!

Four restaurants in Champaign-Urbana will donate 20-50% of their sales to Community Shares and its member organizations. Diners at each restaurant will also get a pledge card, and can direct a portion of their bill to any of our 75 charities.

This year, our restaurants include: - Luna in Champaign for lunch - Siam Terrace in Urbana for dinner - Great Impasta in Urbana for lunch & dinner and, - Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Urbana for lunch & dinner

In past years, we've raised over $15,000 for local charities through Share A Meal, and we hope to beat that goal this year. So I hope people will join us next Tuesday, March 9th for our 7th annual Share A Meal with Community Shares.

Share A Meal is sponsored by Community Shares of Illinois along with Chase Bank, Illinois American Water, Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates and Fasprint.

We appreciate all of our corporate sponsors, but the event will only be a success if we pack these restaurants next Tuesday, so make your reservation today!

For more information about Share A Meal, including a list of our members and participating restaurants, visit our website at or you can contact us at 352-6533.