FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon Helpline has announced the participating restaurants in its annual fundraising effort.

Helpline executive director Susan Lax called the May 17 event “a progressive dinner showcasing Lambertville as we stroll from one restaurant to another, enjoying the ambiance, shops and history of Hunterdon's only city.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers at the Lambertville Station Restaurant at 11 Bridge St. Chef Chris Beall has not yet decided what he'll serve, but he promises it will feature fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant promises “innovative American cuisine in a unique setting,” namely an elegantly repurposed 19th-century railroad station.

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From there, the party will walk a few blocks to Anton's at the Swan at 43 S. Main St., where chef and owner Chris Connors will present the entree. A New Jersey Monthly reviewer said of this place, “The plush style harkens back to a time before casual was the mantra, but the food is fully contemporary.” The building, the Swan Hotel, was built in 1870.

Gelato at Caffe Galleria, 23 N. Union St., will complete the evening. According to its website, Caffe Galleria Restaurant & Market, established 1995, “is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our eclectic lunch and dinner menu is based on — but not limited to — Mediterranean cooking.” The exhibit, Shades and Shadows, a collection of paintings by local,  award-winning artist Carol Harrison, is on display there.

The event will include the presentation of Helpline's Hands Across Hunterdon Award to a soon-to-be-named recipient from the Lambertville area. The award will go to someone who has given back to the community and inspired others to make a difference.

Nominations are being accepted until May 13. Please send an email explaining why your nominee deserves recognition to info@helplinehc.org and write “Lambertville” on the subject line.

Lax said, "The Town Crawls have been a delight, the participants enjoying the different restaurants and the stroll through the wonderful towns of Hunterdon."

Tickets for this event cost $100 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible. For tickets, call 908-782-4357 or send a check with your name, phone number, email address and request for Crawl tickets to Hunterdon Helpline, PO Box 246, Flemington, NJ 08822 or order online at helplinehc.org through PayPal by clicking on the “donate” button and adding your information to the comments box.

Proceeds benefit the free programs and services of Hunterdon Helpline.

Hunterdon Helpline is best known for its 24-7 hotline (800-272-4630) which receives about 18,000 calls for help per year. Although some of these calls require urgent, compassionate conversation, most of them result in referrals to any of more than 1,000 agencies or programs that can provide food, shelter, counseling and much more.

But Hunterdon Helpline also teaches adults how to read or how to speak English; phones or visits seniors or people with disabilities who want social contact or reminders about medication; publishes La Voz, a periodical for Hunterdon's Latino communty; provides free translation services in several languages; and helps clients find jobs and helps employers find personnel.

For more information about Hunterdon Helpline, visit its website.