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Diners tapped for water aid

Evanston restaurants will join others across the country next week to raise awareness about the critical role water plays in a child’s survival.

The Tap Project, running March 22 to 28, is based on the concept that restaurants will ask patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised will support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.

Local restaurants participating including Addis Abeba Ethiopian, Bat 17, Blind Faith, Celtic Knot Public House, Dave’s Italian Kitchen, Golden Olympic, Jilly’s Café, Lulu’s, Merle’s #1 BBQ, Mt. Everest, Oceanique, Pete Millers, Quince, Stained Glass Winebar & Bistro, That Little Mexican Café and Va Pensiero.

More information is available at the project website.

Dan Kelch, owner of Lulu’s, said, "Living next to Lake Michigan, we take fresh water for granted and I’m proud so many in the local restaurant community have embraced this project."

Growing from just 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to over 2,300 across the country in 2008, the Tap Project has quickly grown into a national movement.

For every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.

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