Bears Care, a parent-formed assistance program benefiting students at Roswell North Elementary School, teamed up with the restaurant for a month of fundraiser activities culminating in a Super Bowl party Feb. 2.
For a $30 donation, patrons of The Roswell Tap can watch the big game, enjoy a buffet and participate in festival games on the lawn such as a football toss and pop-a-shot. There will also be tournaments for darts and cornhole, Super Bowl commercial and game trivia, and a special makeover package for moms courtesy of Aura Hair and Makeup.
The Roswell Tap has been donating 5 percent of patrons’ bills to Bears Care this month when they use their loyalty card or mention the charity. The donation will continue after the fundraising month is over, said managing partner Jerome Stuart. The philanthropy is part of the restaurant’s Home Cooking for Charities program.
“The month is designed to kick off the relationship [with the charity], and from that point forward, the loyalty card is a way for us to keep giving back to the supporters of that particular charity,” Stuart said.
“We love to support local charities that affect local people. The Bears Care organization was set up to take care of the basic needs of families that have been hit on hard times and can’t get all the school supplies that they need and, in some cases, clothing and, in some cases, basic nutrition.”
Since Roswell North parents Steve and Kristen Harding started Bears Care two years ago, more than 150 students have benefitted from the program. The money raised from The Roswell Tap and its patrons will go to assisting more families with their individual needs and will go towards starting a new initiative.
“We’re in the planning stages of launching a pretty cool tutoring program that we’re going to do at Roswell North,” said Harding. “We’re trying to generate money to help fund that.”
Students from nearby middle and high schools will be trained by an education specialist and will provide free tutoring to Roswell North students in need of extra assistance. Harding said Bears Care will pilot the program this spring.