Foodie fundraiser helps underserved high school seniors

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Communities In Schools of Western Nevada is bringing back its annual fundraising event for philanthropic foodies, Chow Down for Caps & Gowns, Wednesday, May 1.

A portion of the day’s sales from participating Reno and Sparks restaurants will help 2019 high school seniors served by CIS of Western Nevada with graduation-related costs, including college testing fees, college application fees, and cap and gown rentals.

The organization is seeking restaurants to participate in the fundraiser. The current list of participating restaurants includes:

Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Nothing Bundt Cakes
The Eddy
The Steak House at Harrah’s

Graduation-related costs can total more than $250 per student, with SAT and ACT testing costing up to $75; non-refundable college application fees ranging from $45 to $75; and cap and gown rentals costing as much as $85. Additional costs include clothing for job and admissions interviews.

For more information on CIS of Western Nevada and a current list of Chow Down for Caps & Gowns’ participating restaurants, click here. For any restaurants that would like more information on the event, email Auburn Harrison at