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November 11, 2012

Outback to open for lunch Wednesday to benefit GreenHouse

Dalton’s Outback Steakhouse will host a special lunch on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit The GreenHouse, the local child advocacy and sexual assault center.

Outback, which ordinarily does not open for lunch, will sell lunch specials for $10 with a portion of each lunch sold benefiting The GreenHouse, according to Charlie Eicholtz, president of Friends of the GreenHouse Inc.

“We are thrilled that Outback will once again open their restaurant to us and recognize the victims that we serve in this special way,” said Isabel Pimentel, GreenHouse coordinator. “We did this back in April and it was highly successful for us, raising awareness of The GreenHouse and the victims we serve. We are so excited that our friends at Outback have graciously agreed to help us out again. We hope that lots of folks will choose to honor victims of crime by choosing to have lunch with us at Outback on Wednesday, Nov. 14.”

According to Pimentel, lunch patrons at Outback that day will have their choice of a 5-ounce grilled boneless/skinless chicken breast or a 6-ounce grilled sirloin steak. They will have a Caesar salad and a choice of sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli or Outback’s signature “Aussie fries.” All diners will be served bread and butter and a beverage.

Last year, about 200 victims –— almost all children — were seen at The GreenHouse, which operates as an extension of the District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program. Many received forensic interviews and most received therapy services in the child-friendly environment which is set in a cozy cottage setting with a large adjoining playard. Therapy, according to Pimentel, provides victims with an emotionally safe place to express their fears, feelings of guilt and loss and separation. Another component of the child’s treatment plan is to help them develop coping skills and tools as they move on with their lives.

It’s important for those planning to lunch at Outback to bring cash or a check to pay for their lunch.

“Because it’s not regular business hours for Outback, we will not be able to process credit or debit cards,” said Pimentel.

“We are very grateful to our friends at Outback for creating this opportunity for our community to support The GreenHouse while enjoying a great lunch at the same time,” Eicholtz said. “I hope we will see lots of folks at Outback for lunch on Nov. 14.”

For more information, call Pimentel at The GreenHouse at (706) 278-4769.

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