The Newport Rib Co. will launch its "30 Days of Charity" Program Friday, a representative said.
A portion of restaurant receipts through Nov. 30 will benefit 30 Orange County nonprofits, many of them chosen with the help of customers and staff members.
"The program was created to give back to the community that has supported the Rib Co. for the past 30 years," Laura Ursini Marroquin, community relations manager for the Costa Mesa restaurant, wrote in an email. "As a family-owned-and -operated restaurant, we know that this is a major milestone in our business, and we want to celebrate by donating 20% of all dine-in and take-out to 30 amazing Orange County charities."
Among the charities with customer or staff connections to the Rib Co. are:
•Share our Selves (www.shareourselves.org), which provides services to families in dire need. John Ursini, one of the owners of the Rib Co., has taken guardianship of a 14-year-old boy whose parents are homeless and has received assistance from SOS.
.•McKenna Claire Foundation (www.mckennaclairefoundation.org) funds research into and raises awareness about pediatric brain cancer. The foundation was founded in 2011 after David and Kristine Wetzel's daughter, Macky, died of brain cancer. The Ursini family has been close to the Wetzel family for many years, "first as students of Bill Wetzel at Estancia High School and as friends of David," according to a news release.
The Rib Co. plans to present beneficiaries checks for their charities from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4.