The District in Downtown Clearwater is more than just commerce — it’s about community … and compassion.
The closures of the 400 and 500 blocks of Cleveland Street have created a new synergy and energy. It’s all about 15 restaurants and small businesses forming a friendly coalition and giving back to the very community that’s supported them.
Part of The District’s new DNA is to be proactive in helping local charities, which means so much to Clearwater’s quality of life.
As a group, The District will set aside the fourth Thursday of each month to host a joint fund-raiser. This will result in donating 10% of that evening’s revenue (and a full day’s revenue at Emily’s and Restoration Cafe) to “Dine Out for a Difference.” Their goals? To raise much needed funds for local causes, raise awareness of these charities and give residents and visitors an opportunity to dine outside safely within COVID protocols.
On Thursday, January 28th, The District presents its second “Dine Out for a Difference” venture to benefit SAFE (Strategic Alliance To Fight Exploitation) in Tampa Bay. The money raised that evening will provide safe housing in Clearwater and other portions of Pinellas County for children and youth rescued from human trafficking.
The restaurants and small business participating in this Thursday’s event:
Emily’s Restaurant (open 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Right this very minute, 500-plus children (many pre-teen) are being sold into modern-day slavery in Tampa Bay. While major sporting events like the Super Bowl on Feb. 7th is a fabulous event in our region, it unfortunately also brings out this scourge of society that preys on sex-slavery victims.
On Saturday, January 30th, more than 700 volunteers will blitz area hotels, motels and convenience stores to help educate guests, patrons and customers on the signs of children being human trafficked and what to do about it. As the saying goes, “If you see something, then say something” and call the police immediately.
This Thursday, Dine Out in the District and make a difference!
Photos and information courtesy of Sheila Neisler, Catalyst – A Marketing Company