PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Before opening The Crow’s Nest in early October, Jim Stacey, the facility’s general manager, was adamant that the establishment would do more for the community than just serve food.
A little more than two months after the opening of the Maysville Street restaurant, which is located in what had been Slopes Northern Maine Restaurant and Brewing Co., Stacey has already made good on that promise.
The newly renovated restaurant and event center has established a scholarship fund, which will be awarded to a customer of the facility or a student of the customer’s choice. Already guaranteed at $1,000 a year, the restaurant is adding even more money to the fund this week with a special holiday fundraiser.
Jan Lucas, events manager at the establishment that offers more than 12,000 square feet of restaurant and indoor event space, said Tuesday that the fundraiser was actually a customer’s idea.
“We were looking for ways to put more money into the scholarship fund, and the customer said that we should offer gift wrapping during the holidays,” Lucas said. “There are a lot of people out there who don’t like to wrap gifts or who wait until the last minute to shop, so we figured we would give it a try.”
The fundraiser began on Monday and will continue through Christmas Eve. Every night of the event, volunteers will be on hand at the facility to wrap for $1 per gift. The service is available from 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
“We are already guaranteeing $1,000 a year, so any extra money will go right into the fund to raise that total,” she said. “The scholarship will be good at any college or university in the U.S. or Canada.”
The restaurant is putting the decision regarding who will receive the scholarship in the hands of its customers. Any customer who comes into the eatery and fills out a comment card will have it put into a box. In April, someone will draw a card from the box. The winning customer can either keep the scholarship or give it to an-other student.
The first night of the fundraiser was slow, according to Lucas, as word of the event still hadn’t spread. Lucas said that she has since received a number of e-mails from people who are planning to take advantage of the service or who want to volunteer to wrap gifts.
They are hoping customers will come in to enjoy food or drink while their gifts are being wrapped, but you do not have to be a customer to benefit from the gift wrapping service.