Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille has chosen Flight to the North Pole as our
December Round Up for Charity Recipient
When dining at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, ask to Round UP your check to benefit local charities.
The Foundation for the Flight to the North Pole program started in 1985 by Eastern Airline flight attendents. Their mission is to provide a measure of joy to a truly under served population of children that due to a terminal illness or severe health issue, may or may not live to see another Christmas.
Efforts from Mattison’s Round Up program will go to help with expenses for the main event every year, a truly magical experience for the kids and their families with a “Flight to the North Pole”.
Each child who attends [and their siblings] are presented with gifts, lunch, and entertained by volunteers dressed as elves and clowns. The Manatee County Sheriff and his staff volunteer their time, along with the Sarasota Bradenton Airport Fire Department personnel. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter transports Santa to greet the children and their families. Needless to say, this is a memorable event not only for the children, but for their families as well. Volunteers from the business community and citizens from Manatee and Sarasota counties provide dollars for gifts, in-kind donations of food, time, gifts, door prizes, entertainment and other services.
The end result is a Christmas Wonderland of snow, elves, decorations, lights, and Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting each and every child, taking photographs, and providing gifts. Lunch is served, choirs sing, and volunteers surround the children and their families to help them maximize their time away from illness/disease and enjoy the holiday without any stresses.
Chef Paul Mattison believes in supporting the local community. Chef Paul states, “Manatee County residents and business owners have been very welcoming to us since we began Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, in 2016. I believe that it is our duty as business owners to support organizations that help the under served populations and those in need. We are honored to give back to the community that has given us so much!”
The charities for this year spanning September 2019 to August 2020 have been selected but any charities that would like to be considered for next year can contact [email protected]