With more than 4,000 votes received from restaurant-goers over the past week, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society was named the grand prize winner for The Partnership’s 2018 Restaurant Week.
Restaurant Week is an annual charity event where customers at participating restaurants can vote for their choice of three charities to win up a $5,000 award from Cadence Bank. This year, The Partnership selected the Oktibbeha County Humane Society, Christian World Missions and United Way of North Central Mississippi as charities after receiving hundreds of nominations.
OCHS received 4,192, of the more than 7,800 total ballots cast in Restaurant Week from April 22-29.
Rick Welch, president of the OCHS board of directors, said the organization was “absolutely honored” to be selected for the first place prize.
“The community as a whole, I think, really gets it and supports what we do,” Welch said. ”
We appreciate that because without their help and support we couldn’t do what we do.”
OCHS also won the first place prize in 2013.
Christian World Missions, which got 2,843 votes, received a $1,000 award. United Way of North Mississippi, which received 801 votes, received a $500 prize.
Partnership CEO Scott Maynard said he was pleased with the participation in this year’s Restaurant Week. He added that he was happy to work with local restaurants to help promote the work the charities have done in the community.
“We’re privileged to honor these three charities and help them introduce their platforms to the community, while at the same time working with all of our culinary partners across the city to help promote their businesses,” Maynard said.
Alex Holloway was formerly a reporter with The Dispatch.