Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Peppers Grill & Bar and two Subway restaurants generated more than $2,000 combined for the American Red Cross in Southeastern New Mexico, each participating in the organization’s Eat, Drink and Be Charitable fundraising campaign. The restaurants pledged a certain percentage of sales to the Red Cross on a predetermined date, with Cattleman’s Steakhouse raising $550 on March 29, Peppers Grill & Bar raising $400 on April 25, and the Subways on West Second and North Main streets raising $1,154 on May 18.
Aline Carr, Red Cross community relations manager, said Eat, Drink and Be Charitable is a win-win for the organization and local businesses.
“This [auth] has a huge impact. It gets publicity for the Red Cross, so that people see we’re here. And it also helps publicize the businesses who help us, bringing in customers for them.”
Subway owner Zandra Orr said she is happy to help the Red Cross re-establish itself in the Roswell community. “They’re a great organization and I’m so glad they got started again.”
Andre Buonaiuto, Cattleman’s Steakhouse owner, commented, “It’s very important to help the Red Cross and other organizations in town, which is what my wife and I have been trying to accomplish the past 20 years in business. And certainly when the Red Cross called, we wanted to give them the opportunity to make some extra money for any kind of disasters.”
Carr said that due to the recession, the Red Cross has been downsized in recent years. She said Red Cross headquarters in Albuquerque has been trying to set up more classes throughout the state, and that CPR and First Aid classes will now be provided in Roswell for the first time in about a year.
“It’s really important that every person is trained in CPR, especially in how to use an automatic defibrillator and how to do first aid,” she said. “You never know when something is going to happen in your family or if somebody has a heart attack in your office.
“It’s a matter of life and death. You can save the person’s life if you know what to do, unlike if nobody knows what to do and you’re just waiting for paramedics to come. It does make a difference; you really can save a life.”
Classes begin June 16 at 9 a.m. and will be held twice a month at the Red Cross office, 1400 W. Second St. The Red Cross also offers classes to help military families cope with deployment.
For more information or to register for classes, call 1-800-733-2767.