One of the charitable organizations that will be involved with the week is the Colonie Salvation Army, located on Central Avenue. Director of development for the thrift store, Felix Perez, has been working with the Chamber in helping out with the nonprofit portion. He said they were appreciative to be involved with the kick-off event and is excited to discover new restaurants during the week.
"Initially, we were overwhelmed and so grateful," he said. "With economic troubles, it's hard to get donors. Disposable income is a lot less than it used to be."
Perez said he hopes the kick-off event will bring more support to the Salvation Army and that people will recognize the work they do for inner city children.
"[The event] introduces them to nonprofits," he said. "We're hoping to pick up donations and bell ringers as well. We'll have a table for people to sign up as bell ringers."
He said having this event makes it much easier for people to donate to different charities because it includes a meal as opposed to just giving $10 to the Salvation Army.
"It's rare to see an organization take the time to look at the restaurants and the community but also the nonprofits," Perez said. "The Chamber is really about community and doing things differently. They're making a statement that they're here to help."
Nolte is looking forward to the week and the kick-off event and hopes to see a lot of the residents from the Town of Colonie attend.
"We're hoping residents and people are going to get out the and support the local restaurants and be able to enjoy a great meal for a great price," he said, "and to give back to a organization they believe in at the kick-off."