OakBend Medical Center announces Restaurant Week fundraiser

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Pictured from the left are (front row) Jimmy Cantu, Pier 26; Andres Novoa, La Cocina, (back row) Steve Onstead, Swinging Door; and Zhou Zhong, Ninja Japanese Cuisine.

OakBend Medical Center announced its first Restaurant Week taking place from May 19-29.

The fundraising idea was the brainchild of Daniel Ornelas of Ol’ Railroad Café, Andres Novoa of La Cocina and Jimmy Cantu of Pier 36 and the three restaurants were the first to sign on for the event. For the 11 days of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer a special 3-course Restaurant Week menu. The restaurants will make a donation to OakBend Medical Center for every meal ordered off the menus during regular business hours and the proceeds will support the hospital’s Vision 2020 campaign.

Vision 2020 is a comprehensive renovation campaign that will bring the most advanced concepts for a healing environment to OakBend Medical Center. Launched in May 2015, the campaign has already resulted in significant improvements at OakBend’s historical home in Downtown Richmond.

Progress from the campaign was seen immediately beginning with updates to the building’s exterior and landscaping in the fall of 2015. Additional projects that have been completed as part of the campaign include renovations to the Jackson Street Emergency Care Center and the Skilled Nursing Facility. Major renovations are currently planned for the hospital’s two largest medical-surgical units on the fourth and fifth floors.

Future Vision 2020 projects include the expansion of the ACE Unit, additional upgrades in the Skilled Nursing Facility, and renovations to the hospital’s common areas including main hallways, restrooms and cafeteria. When complete, Vision 2020 will create an environment of care that inspires patients and their families and fosters faster healing.

As of March 28, participating restaurants include Another Time Soda Fountain, Japaneiro’s, La Cocina, Ninja Japanese Cuisine, Ol’ Railroad Café, Pier 36, Sandy McGee’s, The Ginger Mule, The Swinging Door and Veritas Steak and Seafood. There is still room for a few more restaurants to join in the event and if any restaurants are interested they should contact the hospital’s Development Department.

“We are excited to kick off a new fundraising event for Fort Bend County,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “It is impressive to see local restaurants getting onboard and we are looking forward to even more joining before the event. This is a great opportunity for everyone to support both the hospital and local restaurants.”

To find out more about Restaurant Week, visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org/restaurant-week or contact the OakBend Development office at development@obmc.org

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