CARLSBAD — Greg Nelson has said he will never be able to repay the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad for all it did for him as a boy attending the then Carlsbad Boys Club on an almost daily basis. But he keeps trying his best.
At the start of the 2010, Greg and his wife, Barbi, announced that they would be donating the profits from their Carlsbad restaurant, Gregorio’s, for the entire year of 2010 to the club, and now they are renewing that pledge for the entire year of 2011.
“People can’t always write checks, but we all need to eat,” Nelson said. “Everyone does restaurant nights for charity; I took that idea and expanded it.”
The goal is to raise $250,000. One creative way the Boys & Girls Club devised to get more customers was to have a weekly “celebrity guest host” night, where the host is responsible for inviting all their friends and family to dine and experience the restaurant firsthand. To make matters even more fun, a prize was thrown in … a complimentary dinner for two is given to the “host” who has the highest cash register receipts for each quarter. Winning the second half of last year were teachers from Jefferson Elementary.
“We had a blast, and the restaurant was packed!” ringleader Rae Merritt said. “A lot of my students go to the club when the school day is over, so it just made sense for us to rally and give back.”
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad is to provide activities and
experiences that enrich the lives of young people, inspiring and enabling them to reach their full potential.
“The Boys & Girls Club provided a place for my brother and me every day after school,” Nelson said. “It’s critical the club is able to continue offering the growing number of youth in our community a safe place that helps them grow into productive, responsible and caring results. I hope everyone will come to Gregorio’s for a delicious meal, and support this important project at the same time.”
Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant is located in the Carlsbad Village Faire shopping center (intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard) at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive. For more information, call (760) 720-1132 or visit www.gregoriosrestaurant.com.