Local restaurants teaming up to help send disabled man back to college

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Several Richmond restaurants are teaming up for a good cause. They want to help a young man fulfill his dream of returning to college, and need your help doing so.

“It’s just something that’s obviously very close to my partner’s heart,” said Michelle Williams, co-owner of the Richmond Restaurant Group.

Williams is referring to 20-year-old Owen Hicks. She wants to help him return to George Mason University for his sophomore year. Financial hardships and other challenges have made that difficult.

“I have a disability called Down Syndrome,” Hicks explained.

George Mason University offers a program known as ‘Mason Life,’ which assists students with disabilities with their college experience.

“Which is such a fantastic experience for them,” Williams said.

Thursday evening, Hicks was roughly $1,000 short of his $12,000 goal.

So, The Daily Kitchen & bar and five other restaurants part of the Richmond Restaurant Group chain are holding a fundraiser June 29 and 30 to raise money for Hicks.

“We’re going to be donating a portion of the proceeds of our sales those two days to his campaign,” Wiliams explained. “A very little amount of money can ultimately make a big difference to this child’s education.”

Participating restaurants include:

  • Two Hard Shells
  • The Hill Cafe
  • The Daily Kitchen & Bar
  • East Coast Provisions
  • Pearl Raw Bar

If you’d like to donate, click here for Hicks’ GoFundMe page.

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