...leave the cooking to us!
Inn owners Alan and Kaye Pyles introduced “Cause Thursday’s" (Later modified to "Cause Nights" - most often on Sundays). The goal of each evening is to raise money for an organization by re-allocating a certain percentage of member's dinner bill back to the organization.
“Rather than investing in advertising to fill The Lafayette Inn’s restaurant on non-Friday/Saturday nights, we chose to reinvest those dollars back into our community,” Alan explained. “The evenings are fun for us and for the organization. Everyone has a chance to enjoy great food while supporting a cause that is close to his or her heart. The more success they have, the larger our donation is — it is a win-win for everyone.”
The Pyles donate 20 percent of the evening’s dinner sales to a group’s cause if the group agrees to do the following:
• Use its best efforts to assure 20 dinner guests or more attend their specific “Cause Nights.”
• Send a pre-event press release to local media promoting their cause.
• Send a post-event press release to local media.
• Have a minimum of four representatives from the organization participate in the evening.
• Agree to let The Lafayette Inn use their name and photos from the evening for promotional purposes.
Cause Group provides volenteer servers. (Builds teamwork and helps the Cause Group connect with their guests).
* All Gratuities (historically 18% or more due to the nature of the evening) are then placed into a pool and ALSO DONATED to your organization.
(Servers are invited to arrive early and enjoy a dinner at 50% off prior to the event dinner service)Several organizations have sent flyers, had volunteers make calls to their local following and provided an informational reception area for dinner guests during the evening to raise dollars for their cause. Some groups have even managed seating to maximize their donation opportunity. One organization even provided complimentary child care so parents could enjoy a “parent’s night out” dinner.
To reserve a “Cause Night” for your group or organization-
Call Alan at The Lafayette Inn & Restaurant 434-985-6345
Below you will find a partial list of some of the organizations that have participated in a “Cause Nights” or received donations from some other method. (In the time & world in which we live, it appears the following "disclaimer" is required- The Lafayette Inn does not necessarily endorse the events and/or causes represented. We serve as the host facility. :).
William Monroe HS Marching Band
Albemarle High School Key Club
Kiwanis of Charlottesville
Spanish Club- Costa Rica Trip Members
William Monroe High School Robotics Club
Greene Youth Development Council
Joe Gibbs Youth for Tomorrow
Randy Michie Scholarship Fund
Madison-Greene Humane Society
Chris Breiner Scholarship Fund
Books Below Equator- William Monroe Middle School
Athletic Boosters- William Monroe High School
Art Department- William Monroe High School
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Four County Players (various events)
March of Dimes
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Virginia Chapter
Greene Veterans of War
Kid Pan Alley
MS Blue Ridge Chapter
Blue Hills Conservancy-Legacy of the Land
AIDS Organization of Washington, D.C.
Prince Michel’s Katrina Relief Benefit
Blue Ridge School (multiple organizations)
Greene County Schools (multiple organizations)
Hospice of Piedmont
STAR-(Stanardsville Area Revitalization)
Newspapers in Education
Greene County Primary
Flint High School
American Cancer Association
UVA Club of Charlottesville
St. Luke’s Parents Organization
Margret Hope Mission
People to People
Metro Teen AIDS Relief
Congressional Schools of Virginia
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Bridgewater Area Food Bank
Four Seasons Active Adult Community
Sean Michael Snow Leukemia Benefit
EDA of Greene County Volunteers
Junior National Ice Skating Championships