The five Spring 2012 Jackson Restaurant Week charities have been chosen! Each charity is in the running to win a $10,000 charity check from Jackson Restaurant Week and its sponsors. Without any further delay, the five charities in the running for the Jackson Restaurant Week charity check are…

The Mustard Seed

1. The Mustard Seed

The mission of The Mustard Seed is to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of mentally challenged adults by providing a loving and protected Christian community and meaningful activities which allow the residents to fulfill the potential that God created within them. Learn more about The Mustard Seed at www.mustardseedinc.org.

Friends of Children's Hospital

2. Friends of Children’s Hospital

Friends of Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit organization created to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Learn more about Friends of Children’s Hospital at www.foch.org.

Magnolia Speech School

3. Magnolia Speech School

Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders (without regard to race, creed or color) to reach their full potential by providing them with listening, speaking, and literacy skills. Learn more about Magnolia Speech School at www.magnoliaspeechschool.org.

CARA

4. CARA

Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) is a true no-kill organization that cares for an average of 300 dogs and 120 cats. Learn more about CARA at www.carams.org.

Jackson Free Clinic

5. Jackson Free Clinic

Jackson Free Clinic is a student-run, non-profit medical clinic that provides primary care to the underinsured of the Greater Jackson area.  As a free medical clinic, we provide critical services to those forgotten by the medical system in a caring, collaborative setting. Learn more about the Jackson Free Clinic at www.jacksonfreeclinic.org.

What does it take for a charity to win the $10,000 prize?

It takes YOU eating out during Jackson Restaurant Week! The week of April 15-21, be sure to eat out often at any of these participating restaurants. Every time you eat at one of these restaurants, you get to cast a ballot for your favorite of the charities. At the end of the week, we’ll tally up the votes and declare a winner!

For a chance to cast one of the very first votes, be sure you have a ticket to the Jackson Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, April 11 at Fairview Inn in Jackson. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours now!

Vote often by eating out often. Help your favorite charity win $10,000!