Faranda’s seeks nonprofits to partner in fish fry series

DeKALB – Faranda’s Banquet Center is seeking local nonprofit organizations to partner in their 2019 Lenten Fish Fry Series. 

The fish frys will be at the banquet center at 302 Grove St. in DeKalb on seven Fridays during Lent, March 1 through April 12. Dinner will be served between 5 and 8 p.m.

Bill and Joy McMahon, owners of the banquet center, started a fish fry series in 2018 and donated 10 percent of the total sales to local nonprofit organizations. More than 20 organizations benefited from the meals.

Dinner guests were invited to specify any nonprofit organization they wanted to receive the proceeds from their meal. Tallies were kept and after the last fish fry, checks were sent to each organization. Most of the money went to local churches, but the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary also were among the recipients.

The largest beneficiary from the community partnership was Hope for Haitians, which received a check for $900. The organization works with area churches to bring clean water, food, housing, education and medical services to the poorest of the poor in Haiti.

All total, more than $2,000 was donated to local nonprofits in 2018.

Faranda’s will hold the weekly fish fry series again this year and the McMahons will continue the program. Nonprofit partners that would like to be included in the printed tithing cards are asked to submit their information to the banquet center before Feb. 15.

This year’s menu will include fried cod and haddock, baked cod, shrimp baskets, fish and shrimp combo meals, chicken tenders, grilled cheese and children’s meals.

Each dinner entrée and its side are served plated and guests will enjoy buffet service of fresh baked rolls and butter, homemade soups, salad bar, and dessert bar with soft serve ice cream and toppings.

Soft drinks and coffee are included with dinner, while beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase.

For information, visit www.farandas.com or call Shannon Peura at 815-981-3304.

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