Owensboro Children Treated to First-Ever Meal at Restaurant

About a dozen Owensboro children were in for a real treat Monday when the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club treated them to a meal at their local Red Lobster.

Posted: Dec 7, 2021 12:23 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2021 7:08 AM

About a dozen Owensboro children were in for a real treat Monday when the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club treated them to a meal at their local Red Lobster.

"It's just Santa coming down the chimney just a little bit early," the nonprofit's CEO Steve Winkler said. "Hopefully they'll enjoy something special, just coming to a restaurant that they probably wouldn't be able to afford."

It was all made possible by David Harrison. A member of the Boys and Girls club, he formerly lived in Florida where he hosted similar outings for local children.

Now, Harrison works at the Owensboro Red Lobster. A perfect spot, he felt, to continue the tradition.

"He came, called one day and said 'Hey we'd really like to do something for some of your kids who may not have the opportunity to be able to come to a Red Lobster' and so I think this is a special night for them," Winkler said.

This outing in particular meant so much more than just a free meal for the kids. It was the first time any of them had been to an actual sit-down restaurant, so with the holidays right around the corner, it was an early Christmas gift they'll surely cherish for years to come.

"I'm very humbled to be able to provide this opportunity to these kids especially being that they don't have the opportunity and that David chose Red Lobster to do this for them around Christmas, I think it's going to have a great impact on their lives," said Karen Terry, general manager of Red Lobster.

The man of the hour passed on an interview, wanting the focus to be on the children, and it definitely was because all their smiling faces let you know this will be a Christmas they'll never forget.

"Hats off to Mr. Harrison for thinking kindly of serving kids," Winkler said. "Kids only get one chance to grow up so anytime we can do something like this for them, it makes an impact."

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It was another cool, though overall pleasant day across the Tri-State - after only seeing temperatures dive as low as 22° early this morning, peak temperatures ended up climbing a few degrees higher than Thursday's; that being said, Evansville’s high temperature of 27° Was still 15° below average for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, temperatures will gradually fall for 23° around dinner time back down to 19° by10 PM. A weak northerly wind flow most of the night paired with our crystal clear skies will cause temperatures to of fall back down into the mid to low teens once again - Evansville's anticipated low temperature of 12° will mark or coolest since the morning of January 7th.
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