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Harlem restaurateur plans Monday fundraiser

Hurricane Katrina hit close to home for Cindy Greenwell and her family. So she is planning a special dinner to be held on Monday, Sept. 19 at her Harlem restaurant, BGs. to help those in need.

"My husband and I are from the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Mrs. Greenwell. "We have family affected by this."

All proceeds from the benefit will go to hurricane relief efforts in cooperation with the city of Harlem, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

"My own staff is donating their time and tips," said Mrs. Greenwell. "They will get nothing for it but satisfaction."

The event will feature city of Harlem celebrities waiting tables.

"We have (County Commission Chairman) Ron Cross, and (McDuffie Mirror editor and former Columbia County News-Times news editor) Jason Smith scheduled for the evening shift," said Mrs. Greenwell. "We are looking for more celebrities to donate an hour or more of their time."

Mrs. Greenwell said that the daytime special will be a Po' Boy sandwich in honor of the Gulf Coast. Marinated ribeye and a gourmet seafood entrees will be on the menu that night. Mrs. Greenwell's daughter will be preparing homemade desserts, including cheesecakes.

"We want people to help us in this cause," said Mrs. Greenwell. "We feel like this is a very small effort in a dire need and we're going to give it all we've got."

The event will be held at BGs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the gourmet dinner served from 5-9 p.m. BGs is requesting reservations for the dinner.

The restaurant is located on Old Louisville Road, Harlem's main street, across from the police station. For more information, call BGs at 556-1200, or the Laurel and Hardy Museum at 556-0401.



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