Dine United

Dine United, a popular week-long event featuring eight of the area’s top restaurants, resumes here Monday, April 1.

Coordinated by the United Way of Stephens County, featured restaurants encourage their patrons to enjoy a quality dining experience and help support the United Way fund-raising campaign that helps 12 partner agencies.

Boom-a-rang Diner, Chuckwagon BBQ Bar & Grill, Giuseppe’s Italian Dining of Marlow, Jonny’s at Oak Tree, Rib Crib, R&S Drug No. 1, The Merchant and Wishbone Scratch Kitchen are Dine United partners.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” Ed Darling, executive director of the United Way, admitted. “Dine United has become a wonderful event for us, one that helps everyone who participates.

“Patrons enjoy a great meal,” he explained. “Restaurants, who provide a portion of their proceeds to the United Way, attract larger crowds and share their best lunch and dinner menu items. And the agencies benefit from funds that help local residents temporarily down on their luck, in need of a second chance or who are seeking a slight ray of hope.”

A couple of Dine United participants are offering their meals on multiple days during the week-long event while virtually all have extended their hours to include lunch and dinner.

Chuckwagon BBQ Bar and Grill (1206 North Highway 81; 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.) and Rib Crib (2303 N. Highway. 81; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) launch the special week on Monday, April 1.

Jonny’s at Oak Tree (1215 North Highway 81; 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.) and Boom-a-rang Diner (835 West Main; Noon to 9 p.m.) join the festivities Tuesday, April 2 along with Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road which makes available its menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Wednesday, April 3, The Merchant (926 West Main; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and R&S Drug No. 1 (821 West Main; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) take the spotlight along with Rib Crib (2303 N. Highway 81) and Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road).

Giuseppe’s Italian Dining (203 West Main in Marlow; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) makes its first appearance Thursday, April 4, joining Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road).

R&S Drug No. 1 (821 West Main), Giuseppe’s Italian Dining (203 West Main in Marlow) and Rib Crib (2303 N. Highway 81) are repeat participants Friday, April 5 along with Wishbone Scratch Kitchen (1800 N. Country Club Road).

No special hours are involved. Patrons will order off regular menus.

“What an incredible variety of dining opportunities right here in Stephens County,” Darling said, “and what a wonderful group of community-minded businesses willing to get involved in our campaign.”

Dine United is part of the United Way’s 2018-19 fund-raising campaign headed by Co-chairmen Jeff and Stephanie Gregston.

What started in 1954 as the Community Chest became the United Way of Stephens County in 1993 and has served agencies continuously during that 65-year span.

Current agencies are CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Heartline 2-1-1, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marlow Samaritans and Safe Center, formerly Women’s Haven.

Two new agencies – Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center and Velma Senior Citizens --join the partnership in April.

In addition to its annual campaign and Dine United, the United Way of Stephens County also sponsors and coordinates Readers & Leaders, a reading program in Duncan schools, and A Day of Caring that provides volunteers who help not-for-profit Stephens County agencies with special one-day projects in May.

Contributions to this year’s $325,000 campaign are still needed and may be sent to the United Way, P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, 73534; or taken to the United Way office at 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9 in downtown Duncan.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact executive director Ed Darling at (580) 255-3648.