Take yourself, the family or the whole team out to a Northwest Indiana restaurant on May 3, and help make “Dine-Out Day” a success for the Lake Area United Way and participating restaurants.

Thomas McDermott Sr., co-owner of Tavern on Main in Crown Point, came up with the idea to help raise funds for much-needed services provided by the Lake Area United Way. McDermott teamed up with The Times Media Co. to promote May 3 as United Way Day.

“We are asking all restaurants in the county to participate in ‘Dine-Out Day’ for United Way and donate 10 percent of gross, minus tax and tips,” reads the letter mailed to more than 400 restaurant owners throughout Northwest Indiana.

McDermott Sr. and Chris White, publisher of The Times Media Co., signed the letters.