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Dining out on Tuesday can aid area veterans

The Western Slope Veteran’s Coalition will partner with more than 40 restaurants to benefit area veterans during the second Dining Out For Veterans fundraiser on Tuesday.

Sponsored by LIV Sotheby’s, participating restaurants in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties will dedicate 10 to 20 percent of their proceeds on June 7 to the WSVC’s Veterans Emergency Fund.

Without spending an extra penny, diners can contribute to the fund by visiting a participating restaurant. All of the money raised during the Dining Out For Vets event will go to emergency requests from veterans in need in the three counties.

Diners also can attend a VIP three-course dinner at L’Hostaria restaurant in downtown Aspen for $125 per person, $75 of which is tax deductible. The VIP dinner will include a short program on the coalition, and a chance to meet with WSVC volunteers. Those interested in reservations may make them on the Western Slope Veterans Coalition Facebook page. Diners can also make a reservation directly with L’Hostaria, 970-925-9022.

“It’s a nice, friendly way to support the vets,” said Charlie Hopton, a Korean War veteran and president of WSVC. “Everybody has to eat, so this is a great way to support both the vets and local restaurants during the off-season.”

The WSVC emergency fund assists veterans and their families living in the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys with housing, utilities, food, mental health counseling, transportation and employment support. Veterans in need of assistance can turn to the fund for help by filling out a simple application at the office of the Veteran Services of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. Applications are quickly evaluated by a committee composed of veterans and WSVC volunteers.

Participating restaurants include:

Aspen: L’Hostaria, 620 Hyman Ave.; Mezzaluna, 624 E. Cooper; Asie, 413 E. Main St.; Mi Chola, 411 Main St.; Zane’s, 308 S. Hunter; Meat and Cheese, 319 E. Hopkins, Aspen; J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome, 330 E Main St.

Avon: Vin48, 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd.

Basalt/El Jebel: Heather’s Savory Pies & Tapas Bar, 160 Midland Ave., Basalt; Bella Mia, 60 El Jebel Road, Unit 108, El Jebel; Cafe Bernard, 200 Midland Ave., Basalt; Down Valley Tavern, 95 El Jebel Road, El Jebel.

Carbondale: Dos Gringos, 588 Highway 133; The Pour House, 351 Main St.; Fatbelly, 225 Main St.; Bread and Butter, 1150 Highway 133; The Goat, 995 Cowen Drive; Shorty’s, 1054 Highway 133; Allegria, 335 Main St.; Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St.

Edwards: Vista@Arrowhead, 676 Sawatch Drive; Zino Ristorante, 27 Main St. No. 101; Main Street Grill, 97 Main St.

Glenwood Springs: 19th Street Diner, 1908 Grand Ave.; McDonald’s locations; Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, 404 Seventh St.; Smoke Modern BBQ, 713 Grand Ave.; Colorado Ranch House, 704 Grand Ave.

New Castle: Elk Creek Mining Co., 502 W. Main St.; McDonald’s.

Silt: Miner’s Claim, 740 Main St.

Snowmass Village: Artisan at Stonebridge Inn, 300 Carriage Way.

Vail: Big Bear Bistro, 304 Hanson Ranch Road.

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