If you've got a stomach, at some point you probably like to eat.
Though filling your belly with tasty food is usually satisfying, it tastes even better when the money spent is going toward a good cause.
This week marks the kickoff to the second-annual Eat Your Heart Out Tri-Cities fundraiser for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.
For the next two weeks starting this Sunday (Feb. 24), residents and foodies can literally eat their heart out at six participating restaurants to help raise money for the foundation.
Diners will be treated to a three-course meal for $35 at participating establishments, with $10 from each meal
going back to the hospital.
Participating restaurants include Browns Socialhouse, The Boathouse, Onyx Steakhouse and Lounge, Mr. Mikes Steakhouse and Bar, Saint St. Grill and St. James's Well pub.
The event kicked off Monday night with a trolley tour and taster at the six restaurants.
Jeannette Gordon, a clinical nurse in Eagle Ridge Hospital's emergency department, said the event is a significant fundraiser for the foundation.
She noted 70 per cent of the hospital's capital costs and equipment come from the foundation and fundraisers like Eat Your Heart Out.
"It's a significantly big fundraising event that we hope will continue to grow and get bigger for the hospital," Gordon told The NOW.
"We couldn't possibly have the equipment we have without the foundation and without people contributing in the community."
Specifically, the hospital's urology department is looking at purchasing $200,000 worth of equipment for early detection of bladder, prostate and kidney cancers.
The Eat Your Heart Out dinner series runs Sunday through Friday, Feb. 24 to March 1, and the following Sunday to Friday until March 8.
Feature menus through the dinner series are available by reservation only, so customers are advised to call their restaurant of choice directly to secure a table.
Customers will also be eligible to win a grand prize two-night getaway at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in Harrison Hot Springs.
For more information, visit erhf.ca/events/eat-your-heart-out.