CHAPEL HILL – A blast of snow and ice last month threatened to put a damper on the Inter-Faith Council’s annual “RSVVP Day” fundraiser, but IFC executive director John Dorward says in spite of the weather, the event went off without a hitch.

“It actually went very well,” he says. “We thought (the snow) might hurt, but it did not…we’ve collected from over half the (participating) restaurants at this point, and the total (so far) was $12,500…

“Most of the restaurants have turned in more money this year than they did last year, and last year we had pretty decent weather.”

RSVVP Day” is one of the IFC’s biggest annual fundraisers, with more than 100 restaurants around the area donating ten percent of their daily proceeds to the IFC’s food programs. This year marked the 25th annual RSVVP Day; last year’s event raised more than $20,000.

The Inter-Faith Council is perhaps Chapel Hill’s best-known organization that serves those in need—and with holiday season in full swing, they’re stepping up their efforts to make sure no one in the area goes hungry. Dorward says they provided meals on Thanksgiving to more than 400 families, and they’re hoping to serve even more at Christmastime.

IFC officials are asking for donations to help the cause. Dorward says a little goes a long way.

“Twenty-five dollars gives you a meal–an entire meal, everything that they need–for a Christmas dinner” for a family, he says.

The IFC is also seeking donations of canned and nonperishable food for the IFC’s Food Pantry.

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