The pandemic has limited how much local businesses can give back to different organizations, but Culver’s of Sturgeon Bay owner Austin Hildebrand is still trying to find a way. The restaurant has donated thousands of dollars to local groups and causes as a part of its Share Night program. The program allowed the groups to work for their tips in addition to a small portion of the night’s profits. The closure of the dining room on the onset of the pandemic in addition to COVID-19 protocols have limited the impact those events can have. Wednesday’s Lights of Christmas campaign will be one of the first they have had since they have been able to open their dining room, though members of local law enforcement will be outside during the event delivering the food to cars. He says it is great to see organizations like the Sturgeon Bay Police Department and Door County Sheriff’s Department interact with the community in a different setting.
In addition to tips and proceeds going towards the Lights of Christmas campaign, three cents from every gallon of gas sold at the neighboring DoorStop Amoco station on Wednesday will also go towards the cause. Last week, Sturgeon Bay Police officer Brandon Shew told DoorCountyDailyNews.com it has raised approximately $3000 each of the last two years to help buy gift cards for local businesses to give to families in need.