Szechuan Cafe to say 'thank you' with fund-raiser buffet Nov. 1

October 11, 1998

To celebrate its sixth anniversary and thank the community, a Chinese restaurant in Glen Burnie plans a special Sunday opening next month with a $2.99 buffet -- with all proceeds destined for a nonprofit organization helping people with developmental disabilities.

The benefit buffet will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Szechuan Cafe, 7400 Ritchie Highway. It will feature appetizers, soups, and entrees including beef with broccoli, orange chicken, vegetable lo mein and pork egg foo yung.

The Szechuan Cafe usually is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, but closed Sundays.

Owner Tim Leung had been thinking for months about holding an anniversary event with a worthy cause to benefit from it. He chose the Providence Center because several of his "steady customers" work there and talked to him about fund raising.

Based in Severna Park, the private, nonprofit Providence Center serves nearly 500 adults at nine sites in Anne Arundel County.

Its programs include vocational and artistic training, sheltered and supported employment, and job development and placement services.

Its mission is "to provide opportunities that allow adults with disabilities to enjoy increased self-determination in leading a more independent, valuable, and functioning role in society."

Leung said that if the benefit is a success -- which he figured could be defined by having "no leftovers" in the kitchen -- he will make the anniversary celebration an annual event and help a different charity each year.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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