In just one year Talk of the Town Restaurant Group has engaged the Central Florida community to raise over $200,000 for deserving charities. This hefty sum of money supported Special Olympics Florida athletes, the OneOrlando Fund for Pulse Nightclub victims and several other worthy causes. Talk of the Town Restaurant Group, owned by the Woodsby family, is expanding their fundraising efforts to help even more communities in need by creating a “Round Up for Charity” program.

Talk of the Town Restaurant Group was founded in 1974 by the father and son team of Charley and Ron Woodsby. For over 40 years, personal donations from the Woodsby’s have greatly improved the quality of life for those struggling in our local neighborhoods. In keeping with the family tradition of giving back, Clark Woodsby, Senior Operating Partner, has joined his father and grandfather to create a private charity – Talk of the Town Restaurant Group Foundation. “Being born and raised in Lakeland, I’m passionate about this community and want to give back to Central Florida where I grew up”, says Clark.

As part of this Foundation, all restaurants in the Talk of the Town family will participate in the “Round Up for Charity” program, in which guests can round up their checks to the nearest dollar to support different charities each month. Participating restaurants include:
Charley’s Steak House
Johnnie’s Hideaway
Texas Cattle Company
Vito’s Chop House
All operational costs of the foundation are paid for by the Woodsby family so that 100% of the money collected goes directly to those in need.

Talk of the Town Restaurant Group is partnering with Hello! Florida Destination Management to benefit the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund. This fund enables Orange County Public School children who are experiencing poverty or homelessness to attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused field trips at no cost. In the past two years, Hello! Florida has sent over 1,200 local children on fun, educational school field trips that they would not otherwise have been able to afford. All proceeds from the “Round Up for Charity” program in August will be donated to the Hello! Florida Field Trip Fund.
To learn more about Talk of the Town Restaurant Group Foundation, visit www.TalkoftheTownRestaurants.org.

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