As part of the Lakes Proud "Cuisine Cash" program, $25 gift certificates to local participating restaurants are available for $20. The certificates will be mailed for free. For the first 1,000 sold, the Initiative Foundation will contribute $5 to Bridges of Hope for families in need.

The program has 20 different participating businesses in Brainerd, Crosslake and Pequot Lakes. Businesses aren't limited to restaurants either, but include a bakery, chocolate company and breweries among other businesses.

Those who buy certificates through the program will be automatically entered to win $25 in Cuisine Cash until the end of the holiday season. People may also enter to win without purchase at

The goal of this Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce program is to help businesses enduring restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To order right away, contact Paula Davis at 218-822-7127 or