A'ja Wilson Fundraiser

1801 Grille and the A'ja Wilson Foundation have teamed up to host “1801 Dishes to Wilson” on March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will raise money to support teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia and prevent bullying.

In addition to hosting activities and collecting donations, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of its proceeds that day to the foundation. Reigning WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson will make an appearance at 1801 that evening.

“I am very excited to partner with the 1801 Grille for the 1st Annual "1801 Dishes to Wilson" fundraising event. This event will help the A'ja Wilson Foundation to continue to enlighten the community on the many ways that youth struggle with bullying and learning disabilities, particularly Dyslexia,” said Wilson, a Gamecock legend.

“We feel very strongly about doing all we can for the community,” said Jason Bruner, Executive Chef of 1801 Grille. “The restaurant looks right at the statue of A’ja, and we’re constantly reminded of all she has done for Columbia and the state of South Carolina. On the court, she makes everything look easy, but when you learn more about her personal story and what she overcame in the classroom, she’s an inspiration to us all. We hope this is the beginning of a lasting relationship between 1801 Grille and the A’ja Wilson Foundation.”

Donations received on March 20 will go toward scholarship opportunities for teachers that will expand their training and better prepare them to teach students diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Towards the end of the night, 1801 Grille will formally present a check to A’ja and her parents Roscoe and Eva, cofounders of the foundation.

“The A’ja Wilson Foundation is super excited to partner with 1801 Grille to raise the awareness of dyslexia and bullying among youth. We believe that bullying can have a direct impact on youth dealing with learning disabilities,” said Eva Wilson.

1801 Grille is located on the corner of 700 Lincoln St, just across the street from Colonial Life Arena. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, so patrons can socially distance. They also have eight TVs, that will be airing every women’s and men’s March Madness game throughout the tournament. There will also be food and drink specials all day, $10 pizzas for UofSC students and faculty, $20 ribeye and fries, and more. 1801 Grille continues to maintain the guidelines set forth by the CDC to assure a safe and healthy environment for everyone in attendance.

About 1801 Grille

1801 Grille features a tavern-inspired menu that swings from comforting to playful and an ambiance that exudes a rustic, historic charm. This inviting neighborhood meeting place, located on the edge of the University of South Carolina’s campus and just steps from Colonial Life Arena, offers a lively spot for friends, colleagues, sports fans, college students and families to enjoy a delicious dinner, celebrate a special event or catch up on the latest sports events while sipping on a local brew or great glass of wine. Executive Chef Jason Bruner and his culinary team have created a mouth-watering menu of southern-inspired dishes using only the freshest ingredients, which are sourced locally whenever possible. For reservations and menus, visit www.1801grille.com.

About A’ja Wilson Foundation

Founded in 2019 by A’ja and her parents, Roscoe and Eva Wilson, the A’ja Wilson Foundation’s mission is two-fold: AWF serves as a resource for children and their families who struggle with dyslexia to empower them to reach their full potential through educational programming, workshops, camps and grant opportunities. AWF works to change the culture of students to prevent bullying through education and mentoring, challenging students to use their power to empower compassion and inclusivity amongst their peers. For more information, please visit www.ajawilsonfoundation.org.

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