Donation will stock food cupboards at Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

By Jack Minch
Sentinel & Enterprise
May 9, 2012

LEOMINSTER — Donata Martin knows what to do with the $4,000 that four restaurants donated Tuesday.

Since the money came from restaurants, said Martin, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, it will be used to buy supplies for theclub’s Healthy Habits Program.

“This is going to help provide us with the fresh fruits and vegetables for that class,” Martin said.

LongHorn Steakhouse on North Main Street teamed with Olive Garden on Orchard Hill Park Drive, LongHorn Steakhouse in Marlboro, and The Capital Hill Grille in Chestnut Hill to donate the money.

They are all part of the Darden Restaurants corporation and gave the money through the Darden Foundation.

Darden Foundation has donated $1.7 million through community grants this year, said Jesse Lamoureux, the managing partner at LongHorn on North Main Street.

The foundation asked local nonprofit agencies to apply for funding in October.

“Of the top three, we chose one group that best reflects Darden’s core (family) ideals and values,” Lamoureux said.

Presenting the ceremonial check were Lamoureux; Tami Muldoon, general manager of Olive Garden; Jeff Dixon, managing partner for The Capital Grille; and Tiffany Rogers, managing partner for LongHorn in Marlboro.

“I love to do it,” Muldoon said. “It’s for a good cause.”