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Cause Nights

Promote your cause with taste!

Do you belong to or know of an organization or group that needs to raise money for a good cause? Rather than wash cars, bake cookies or hold a raffle simply enjoy a delicious dinner at The Lafayette Inn & Restaurant.

Inn owners Alan and Kaye Pyles introduced “Cause Thursday’s" (Later modified to "Cause Night's" - 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%  (*) 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 Night's.”
     • 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

                        (*) Organizations are encouraged to have guests call the Inn directly (24/7) to make reservations or e-mail. If guests elect to reserve via                                             OpenTable, the reservation fee is deducted from the donation.

Cause Group provides volunteer 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.

family sitting at a dining room table with an older gentermen pouring fine into a wine glass

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
  • Grace Community Church- Japan Missions
    Green Alliance Community Alliance (GRACE)
  • Theater Department- William Monroe HS
    WMHS After Grad Party (PTO)
    Youth Development Council

  • 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
  • Chef2Chef
  • STAR-(Stanardsville Area Revitalization)
  • Newspapers in Education
  • Greene County Primary
  • Flint High School
  • WMHS Forensics Club
  • Serving Hero's- Gary Sinise Foundation
  • "Paws Night"- (For local Feral care)
    Covenant School (Albemarle Co.)
  • Va Asso of Nurse Anesthetists

  • UVA Club of Charlottesville
  • Miss Greene
  • St. Luke’s Parents Organization
  • Margaret 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
  • Wolf Trap
  • EDA of Greene County Volunteers
  • Junior National Ice Skating Championships
  • American Cancer Association
  • St Simons Island Symphony
  • Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS)
  • Hero Dogs (Veteran Service Dogs)
  • Women's Club of Greene- Scholarship
  • "Stop Hunger" Campaign- Shepherd of the Hill Catholic Church