Restaurants all over Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the other boroughs of New York City, will be participating in this Dine Out To Remember, being held tonight all over the city.
If you want to help support the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation, all that you need to do is simply dine out at one of the many restaurants listed on the flier below. When you dine at one of these restaurants, part of the proceeds will be donated to the T2T Foundation.
The organization responsible for this event, IROAR, was founded recently, during this pandemic, and is a group of restaurant owners helping each other and fighting to reopen. The name of the company is the International Restaurant Owners Association Rescue, and their Facebook page was created in May of 2020. IROAR allows restaurant owners to join, free of charge, with the promise that once their profits have returned, they will pay the $250 membership fee.
The purpose of the group is to help restaurant owners affected by the pandemic by helping to advocate through public pressure for the reopening of indoor dining in New York City. Their mission statement is not presently displayed on their website, and their company was recently created.
You can check out their website, and become a member restaurant at this time. As their site is under construction, donations are not yet being accepted through their website. You can contact them via email by visiting their website at iroarny.com.
As some of our readers may recall from the interview Staten Islander held with Frank Siller of the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, which this event is helping to support, his group has done many good things for First Responders, including those who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not their first mission, however, they stepped up to fill a need when the pandemic hit. (See the interview with Frank Siller at this link)
Previous and continuing foundation activities have included building special “smart” homes for wounded veterans and other individuals that were suggested to the foundation as having a special need, such as a young man in Staten Island with a rare skin disorder. Families of fallen first responders are also qualified for the program. These homes have been provided to the families at no cost.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a Four Star rated charity (an independent rating given by Charity Navigator, based on a comprehensive analysis), so those who donate to the charity can be confident that their funds are being used wisely.
Since today is September 11th, this event is particularly important. Dining out tonight is a small way that people who want to help the foundation that was created to remember the bravery of Stephen Siller can contribute to their mission.
It is also a way that everyone can keep the promise to never forget the events of September 11th, and help those who help others during times of critical need. The foundation, this morning, took on the task of the Reading of the Names of the victims of September 11th at Ground Zero, and the video was livestreamed on Facebook, in four parts. The first part is below.
During this pandemic, in particular, the Stephen Siller foundation donated masks and other PPE to many hospitals and healthcare facilities that did not have enough PPE to protect their staff from this virus. The charitable institution heard the call from healthcare facilities that were in need, and they stepped up to solicit donations from the public, to purchase PPE, and to bring it to the facilities that needed it.
They also donated meals to local firehouses and police stations, so that these workers were able to more easily focus on doing their jobs.
Frank Siller, the foundation’s director and the late Stephen Siller’s brother, takes his job very seriously. He and his family created the charitable organization in memory of his brother, who passed away after running through the tunnels to the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, and helping many people to survive the aftermath of the destruction.
His organization holds many events, though most of these have been paused during the pandemic. One event that may be of interest to our readers is the Never Forget Virtual Challenge, which asks participants to run, walk, or bicycle for a certain number of miles in remembrance of the sacrifice of Stephen Siller, and in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The Youtube video below gives more details on this particular event.
You can find out more information about his group at their website, where you can also make a donation if you are unable to participate in the dine-out being held tonight.
Following is a list of restaurants that you can visit to support this cause:
Big Nose Kate’s
Corner House BBQ
De Luca’s Italian Restaurant
Flagship Brewing Co.
Flour & Oak
J’s on the Bay
Jody’s Club Forest
Lacey’s Bridge Tavern
Mac’s Public House
Main Street Cafe
O’Henry’s Publick House
Randall Manor Tavern
Reggiano’s of Tottenville and Great Kills
Ruddy and Dean
The Hop Shoppe
The Manor House
The Pizza Parlor
Trackside Bar and Grill
W’s Bar & Grill
West Cork Union Hall
These are restaurants in Brooklyn that are participating:
Green House Cafe,