Brian Kelly @brpkelly

(KMOX)-As Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor continues recovering from being shot by a burglary suspect earlier this month, you have a chance to help him and his family today, simply by dining out..

More than 55 restaurants from throughout the area are taking part in today’s Dine-Out for Officer O’Connor, which is being organized by Katie Zaitz-Fink, “Some restaurants are going to be open for breakfast, a majority are lunch and dinner,” Zaitz-Fink says. “Simply go to one of the listed restaurants, enjoy a meal and that’s all they need to do.”

Click here for the list of participating restaurants

The restaurants are donating anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of their proceeds to the cause. If you don’t want to eat out, St. Louis Axe Throwing in St. Charles is donating half of today’s proceeds. “If you’re kind of a little frustrated, I guess, with the holidays and shopping,” Zaitz-Fink says, “here’s an opportunity to take some of your frustrations out and help a great cause.”


Zaitz-Fink says the money collected will go to Shield of Hope, which will distribute it to the O’Connor family. “They will be able to use the funds how they need. Paying medical bills. Taking care of any finance or anything they need that will allow them to carry on with their daily lives.”

This is the third Dine Out organized by Zaitz-Fink. She says those for Ballwin Officer Mike Flamion and St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder raised a total of $266,000. She says if any other restaurants want to join today’s effort they can email her  or contact her through the effort’s Facebook page.

Officer O’Connor was shot in the back of the head on Dec. 5, while taking a burglary suspect to the Arnold Police Department.

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