When Arni Cohen opened his restaurant, Arni's, in 1965 he began with the belief that you must give back to your community. Forty years, a few pizza eating contests and a Charity Golf Tournament later, Cohen's continued legacy of giving has earned Arni's the Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Indiana. Arni's was selected for its continuous support and development of new special events like the FUNFEST Learning for Life, a program to prepare disadvantaged elementary kids for a new year of school, and their annual Easter Basket Drive for children in local hospitals. In 2003, Cohen's sons, Kurt and Brad, organized the First Annual Arni's Charity Classic Golf Tournament raising $4,000 for the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital in its first year.
In addition, Arni's provides broad-based support to various programs and initiatives such as legal aid, women's issues, the financially disadvantaged, reading programs, the Boy Scouts, the YWCA and Purdue University Department of Restaurant Management.
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Vizion Restaurant/Vapour Lounge will celebrate their first anniversary with a celebration Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at 5252 E. 82nd St.
Festivities start Thursday at 10 p.m. with Dave & Rae in Vapour Lounge and continue all weekend long. Live jazz will be performed Friday-Saturday from 7-10 p.m. on Vizion's Mezzanine level. The weekend will also include DJs and the Haley BOB Fashion Show at Vapour on Friday Oct. 1. For more information call 317-577-9570.