PENINSULA - In an e-mail to its membership last week, the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau proposed that members consider donating 10 percent of their gross sales for one Saturday to the disaster relief effort for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. At press time, the number of businesses that had agreed to participate in the effort included a variety of lodging establishments, restaurants and retail shops.

Those coming to the Peninsula to visit and planning to stay in local lodging establishments on Sept. 24 can be assured that a minimum of 10 percent of that day's proceeds will go to Hurricane Katrina relief at the following properties: A Rendezvous Place B&B, Boreas B&B, The Breakers, Charles Nelson Guest House, China Beach Retreat, Discovery Coast Cottage Inn (formerly Arcadia Court), DoveShire B&B, Harbor View Motel, Ocean Park Resort, Ocean Jewel at Seaview, Shakti Cove, Shelburne Inn and the Super 8 Motel.

Diners at the following participating restaurants can enjoy their meals knowing that they are also assisting with disaster relief: The Canoe Room, Debi's Restaurant, The Depot Restaurant, Dooger's Grill, Heron & Beaver Pub, Pauly's Port Bistro, the Shoalwater Restaurant and Sou'Wester Lodge.

Retail establishments indicating their plan to participate are: Anna Lena's, Deux Chapeaux, beachdog.com, Nautical Brass, Picture Attic, Ocean Jewel, Time Enough Books and Wiegardt Studio as well as the World Kite Museum.

Una Boyle, executive director of the Visitors Bureau, noted "Several business people contacted me to say that they were giving through their own church or through another organization which had been receiving their donations for years so, while they are not included in the list of businesses participating on the 24th, they do represent the overall giving spirit of the Peninsula as well."

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