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If you were at Bonefish Grill on Wednesday, Nov. 18, your food may have been served by a community member from Madison Police Chief Koval to Susan Siman, news anchor at WISC-TV. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Bonefish Grill on Madison’s west side opened its kitchen and restaurant to over 15 community leaders that served as celebrity servers and raised a ton of money for a good cause.

These servers represented WKOW-TV, Madison Dental Initiative, Channel 3000, Fox 47, the City of Monona, NBC News, the Boys and Girls Club board of directors, Fire Fighters Union, Madison-Area Urban Ministry, The Police Department, Verona School district, and other community organizations. The benefit day, which was also celebrating the one-year anniversary of Bonefish Grill, ran from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and 10 percent of the day’s proceeds were donated back to the Boys and Girls Club.

Chef Rod Ladson (second from right) with Boys and Girls Club members
Chef Rod Ladson (second from right) with Boys and Girls Club members

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County was extremely grateful for the support from Bonefish Grill. Next week Tuesday, the club will be hosting the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This dinner is an opportunity to feed families a delicious free thanksgiving dinner with entertainment and an opportunity to win a shopping spree for the holiday season. With the spirit of giving, this dinner is an incredible event that lights up the community each year.

Lauren Winfrey from NBC15 is serving tables here at Bonefish
NBC15’s Lauren Winfrey serving tables at Bonefish
“We’ve raised enough money to feed our guests for Thanksgiving and we will take some families on a needed shopping spree,” said Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. “I want to thank everyone for having such a giving heart. This is what Thanksgiving is all about!”

This community partnership was one of a kind. From speaking with Chef Rod Ladson at Bonefish Grill, it was a win- win situation for everybody. “For Bonefish, our win was helping and supporting the community,” he said. “That’s our biggest win”.

This passion for supporting the community could be seen from the energy and enthusiasm in Chef Rod as well as his staff. The celebrity servers and Bonefish servers worked together effortlessly and were the highlights of the guests that joined the benefit day for their meals. Bonefish Grill also received much media attention with guests buzzing about the restaurant on social media.

(L-r) Michelle Li, Eric Franke and Nasra Wehelie
(L-r) Michelle Li, Eric Franke and Nasra Wehelie

The benefit day was a creative way to bring together community members and leaders in supporting two wonderful organizations. Anyone that participated on Wednesday felt the energy from both the Boys and Girls Club Staff as well as the Bonefish Grill Crew. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to get into the giving spirit?

Written by Naman Siad

Naman Siad

Naman Siad is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

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