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Share Our Strength, Windows of Hope and OpenTable Organize Restaurants Across the Nation to Feed Hurricane Victims

Share Our Strength, Windows of Hope and OpenTable Organize Restaurants Across the Nation to Feed Hurricane Victims

Published 09-21-05

Submitted by OpenTable Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO & WASHINGTON & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2005--On Tuesday, September 27th Restaurants for Relief -- One Meal, One Night, One Nation, a program of OpenTable, Share Our Strength and Windows of Hope will bring together restaurants across the nation for one night to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Participating restaurants will designate a portion of the evening's proceeds to be donated to Share Our Strength's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. 100% of the donations will benefit local organizations in the affected areas, providing relief to hurricane victims and assisting the families in the hospitality industry who were also affected by the disaster.

The three organizations are coordinating a national outreach effort to chefs, restaurants and diners. OpenTable is recruiting participants from among the 3,500 restaurants using its service and is urging the millions of diners who use www.opentable.com to dine at a participating restaurant on September 27th. In addition, OpenTable will donate 100% of any profits associated with the Restaurants for Relief program. Share Our Strength is reaching out to its network of chefs, restaurants and attendees who participate in its annual Taste of the Nation events in 60 cities across the country. Windows of Hope is also reaching out to its network of restaurants, all of which supported the hospitality families who had members lost in the attacks of September 11. Chefs who would like to participate and diners who would like to view the list of participating restaurants can go to www.restaurantsforrelief.org.

"We are deeply concerned about the estimated 500,000 people displaced by this terrible disaster, and we're acutely aware that our help is needed now more than ever," said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength. "Against a catastrophe of this scale, it sometimes seems impossible to do anything that feels significant, but it's also clear that every effort helps. I'm inspired by how many people have contacted us wanting urgently to share their strengths at this moment."

"I am awed at the generosity of the restaurant community and the speed with which restaurateurs responded to this urgent appeal," said OpenTable CEO Thomas Layton.

"We learned from the tremendous outpouring of support Windows of Hope received after 9/11 how the hospitality industry is always eager to help those in need," said the Windows of Hope Board of Directors.
"When we learned of the Restaurants for Relief -- One Meal, One Night, One Nation appeal, it was natural that Windows of Hope would partner in the effort."

In addition to the growing list of participating restaurants, the program is being generously supported by the Council of Independent Restaurants of America, The Anthony Spinnazola Foundation, StarChefs, James Beard Foundation, Food and Wine, Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit, Viking Range Corporation, PepsiCo, Epicurious.Com, Tuesday's Children 9/11, September 11th Families Association, Coalition of 9/11 Families-Bill Doyle and Cantor Relief Fund.

About OpenTable, Inc.

OpenTable (www.OpenTable.com) is the leading supplier of restaurant reservation, table management and marketing software as well as the top provider of free, real-time online reservations to consumers, concierges and administrative assistants. More than 3,500 partner restaurants have adopted the OpenTable System, and more than
13 million diners have been seated through OpenTable.com.

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength (www.strength.org) is a national nonprofit committed to ending childhood hunger that inspires and organizes individuals and businesses to share their strengths in innovative ways to help end hunger.

About Windows of Hope

Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund (www.windowsofhope.org) was formed in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, to provide immediate aid, future scholarships and general assistance funds to the families of those lost in the World Trade Center tragedy who worked in the food, beverage and hospitality professions.

Copyright Business Wire 2005

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