CBC Here to Help Virtually Raises $350,000 for NC Restaurant Workers Fund

Here to HelpCapitol Broadcasting divisions stepped up to help the local restaurant community with a virtual fundraiser last week, and our viewers, listeners and readers responded in a big way.  The CBC Here to Help: Support Local Business fundraiser for the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund brought in a total of $350,000 in donations!

“The CBC family really came together to rally for our restaurant workers,” said Corp/WRAL-TV Community Relations Director Loretta Harper Arnold.  “In true CBC fashion, it was quite remarkable to see our viewers/listeners and business partners step up during such a critical time to provide a source of hope for thousands of workers waiting in need.”

The virtual daylong event ran Thursday, March 26, 2020, and pulled in $275,000 during that day alone.  After the weekend, the final total raised to $350,000, with over $10,000 applications received for support.

The NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund will support any of the tens of thousands of restaurant and hotel employees now facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the fund is to quickly provide qualified applicants funds to help support immediate expenses now that they have suddenly found themselves without work.

The relief fund will be run through the NCRLA nonprofit foundation: the NC Hospitality Fund, which has provided assistance to employees and students for over 20 years. The Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, organized by Raleigh-based chef and restaurateur Ashley Christensen, will be a part of this new, larger fund.

To apply for assistance or to donate to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, visit: https://ncrestaurantrelief.com/

About CBC’s Here to Help
Here to Help is a community focused program by WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting Company (parent company of WRAL)—often used to help support our neighbors in need during difficult times. Here to Help has been activated for Hurricane Relief Efforts and for telethons. During the COVID-19 pandemic, “Here to Help: Support Local Business” has been activated to meet urgent needs in our business community.

Next in queue CBC will host a virtual telethon with the United Way of the Greater Triangle.  “Help the Helpers” will be a cross-divisional effort among all CBC divisions.  The event will take place on Thursday, April 2, beginning on-air on WRAL-TV at 4:30am.  The virtual phone bank will run from noon – 8pm.

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