Dining "out" took on a new meaning Thursday in Burlington.
Several people literally ate their lunch outside on the Church Street Marketplace despite the rather chilly readings on thermometers throughout our region. It was part of a benefit for the Committee on Temporary Shelter, appropriately called "The Coolest Lunch."
Six restaurants donated the food, their wait staff and their time. And while the fundraising is important, organizers say the most important goal on this day is education.
"This event was started to raise awareness about people who would be outside in the cold if there weren't organizations like COTS and other service providers in our community. So while it raises money for us, the Coolest Lunch is really designed to help raise awareness that without organizations like COTS there would be people with no other place to go," said Becky Holt of COTS.
This was the sixth annual Coolest Lunch for COTS. The group expected to raise about $5,000 from two different seatings at each restaurant.