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Olive Garden hosts Spirit Night to benefit Salisbury High

The Salisbury community can show their school spirit by indulging in soup, salad and breadsticks today at Olive Garden.

From 4 to 10 p.m. today, Olive Garden restaurants across the country will have a Spirit Night to support local high schools.

Over 800 restaurants are participating.

The Olive Garden on Klumac Road is partnering with Salisbury High School by giving 10 percent of its sales tonight to the school. Guests are encouraged to wear their school colors, but General Manager Russ Garland said anyone who eats at Olive Garden tonight will be participating in the donation.

“We’ll make a donation for anyone who walks through the door. They don’t have to be from Salisbury High School,” Garland said, also saying that the sales included to-go orders.

Dale Snyder, Salisbury High’s athletic director, said the donations will go towards Salisbury High’s Athletic Department.

“We continue to try and do great things with our kids every day, and of course everything has a price tag on it,” Snyder said.

Snyder said there are signs posted around the school thanking Olive Garden for their support.

“We hope that our Hornet family is out there in full force to support (Olive Garden) in kind because they are doing such a great job for us,” he said.

The event is made possible through Olive Garden’s partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations Network. According to their website, the NFHS is a high school sports media company that develops education-based interscholastic sports and activities to help students.

Olive Garden will be hosting another Spirit Night in April.

“It’s a good program. I’m happy to be paired with (Salisbury High School),” Garland said.

“Hopefully the place is packed with red, black and gold,” Synder said.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.

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