Weekend events at new restaurant benefit two charities in Florence

April 6, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence’s new Texas Roadhouse opens Monday with a ribbon cutting at noon, On Friday night, the restaurant, located at 2691 David H. McLeod Blvd. at Magnolia Mall, hosted an invitation-only pre-opening event to raise money for I Play Florence. A similar event on Sunday night will benefit The Care House of the Pee Dee.

I Play Florence’s vision is to create an inclusive park and playground in the city of Florence where events can be held and social interaction can take place for people of all abilities. The goal is to create outdoor areas that are accessible to all people of all levels of mobility.

I Play Florence is made up of a group of parents, business leaders and concerned residents working with the city of Florence to build an inclusive park and playground. One playground, B.K’s Playground on Barnes St., is already open. It is the first inclusive playground in Florence.

Another one is in the planning stages for Timrod Park. The new playground will cost about $1 million, said Erika Chapman, president of I Play Florence.

“We are excited to be a part of this,” she said. “Texas Roadhouse does so much for the communities it is a part of.”

Justin and Kimerly Washington were two of the guests on Friday night who said the food was great.

The Care House of the Pee Dee is a children’s advocacy center. Its mission is to promote help, hope and healing for child abuse victims in a nurturing environment through supportive services and prevention.

It began in 2004. To date it has served more than 6,000 children.

“Being a strong community partner is part of our mission,” said managing partner Andrew Ivester in a company announcement. “These two charities enrich the quality of life for thousands of families throughout this region. We’re excited to partner with these amazing organizations and can’t imagine a more meaningful way to celebrate our opening.”

All proceeds from alcohol sales and collected donations on both evenings will be donated the two charities.

While training new cooks, meat cutter and other kitchen team members last week, all food prepared was donated to local first responders, veteran and military organization.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based restaurant chain brings 196 new jobs to the community.