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How Dining Out Can Help Raise Funds for Relief

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Restaurants in the Innovative Dining Group (IDG) have announced that on Thursday, September 8th, 20% of their local restaurants' proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross in order to help add to the growing amount of funds raised in the Los Angeles area to benefit the survivors of Hurrican Katrina. IDG has six spots in the greater LA area, three of which are locations of Sushi Roku (West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Pasadena), two are BOA Steakhouses (West Hollywood and Santa Monica), and the Katana Robata and Sushi Bar. LAist knows many folks don't care for Sushi Roku, but we do know that supporting this cause is incredibly worthwhile. What we do think is open to a little ribbing is the fact that TV and radio's most well-known metrosexual, Ryan Seacrest, will be on hand at the Santa Monica locations Thursday, presumably to shake hands and flash his pearly whites. (Seacrest is apparently an investor in the IDG group.) Dining out is just one way to help raise money for Katrina Relief. Thursday will also bring the anouncement of the details around Dine for America, a national restaurant fundraising effort due to take place on October 5th. Stay tuned.