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Giving Back

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Last year (2015) we hosted our annual walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year, we raised over $14,000!   The turnout was fantastic last year!  Thank you to all those who participated and donated.  We had a lot of fun and we’re so thankful to have friends that help us raise money for a cause that is very dear to our hearts.  This year we hope to raise over $20,000! Learn more about becoming a walker and/or donating to Team Euphemia Haye!

Donate to this Team: Please send your check payable to JDRF to the restaurant – 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228. Don’t forget to write Team Euphemia Haye on the memo line OR you can go online to and donate directly to D’Arcy’s team!  Click here to donate!

Becoming a Walker:  As a walker you will be seeking donations from your friends and family and then walking in our 5K walk, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. at the lovely, Joan M. Durante Park right next to the restaurant. Each of our walk team members is expected to raise more than $100.00. Even if your friends, family, business associates, each give you $10.00 you can exceed the $100 very easily. We are hoping to raise $20,000 this year, so we REALLY need you to do your best to collect some funds! There are a lot of great online tools to put to use.

Please go to to Register to walk with Euphemia Haye! You must register and sign off on the waiver. (Ignore the Lakewood Ranch 2015 Walk to Cure Diabetes wording on the right.) We are doing our own walk on 04/02/2016.

Highlights from last year’s walk!

D'Arcy and Ray beginning the walk!
JDRF Development Coordinator Maria Hussey and D’Arcy Arpke
The participants prepare to walk the 5K.
Team Euphemia Haye backpacks were distributed to walkers before the walk!
D'Arcy and Ray before the walk
Micky Derry, Ceri Grassick and Annie Derry
Suzanne Anber, Lesley Huber and Mara Kelsch
Hannah and Linda Carlo
Susan and Fred Bartizal
Lisa Silvestri and Diana Emrich-Cable
John Whitman and Ray
Jamie Jalwan and Stacy Alexander

Photos courtesy of Kristen Herhold at The Observer

Our number 1 reason to walk is for our daughter, Kate who was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 21 with Type 1 Diabetes; just a month before she graduated from college and a year and a half before she and Rob were married. We also walk for our nephew, Parker, who was diagnosed at the age of 12, Ray’s late brother had been diagnosed in his early 20’s and Ray’s late father who was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We walk for our loved ones struggling with this disease and for many others like them. In 2002 we began to raise funds and attempt to educate others that Juvenile or Type I Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and that it takes insulin and testing to remain alive. It is not a disease they will grow out of; it is a disease that 80 or more children and adults will be diagnosed with everyday. WE WANT A CURE!

Also, a big thank you to the Observer Group for sharing this awesome video of Kate Arpke Houle (Chef Ray and D’Arcy’s daughter) doing a warm-up for her silk performance at the 2014 Walk. See, you never know what you’re gonna get to experience when you come to a JDRF Walk…especially with Team Euphemia Haye!

Why should you walk?  Watch this message, from Chef Ray and D’Arcy’s daughter, Kate.

Giving Back

Euphemia Haye and its owners are dedicated to our community. We find it very important to give back to the Sarasota and Manatee area and the people in it. We are thankful that our community embraces us with open arms and continues to patronize us, keeping us as one of the area’s favorites. We say “thank you” by supporting local organizations and fundraising events. We love our beautiful little part of the world and we try to do a part in making it an even better place for young people to live and grow up in. Below are some of the causes and organizations that we support and are a part of:

Sarasota/Manatee Originals

We are proud to be founding members of this organization; a group of local restaurants that are independently owned and offer fresh, local flavor. D’Arcy is on the “Originals” board and has a passion to celebrate and preserve our community’s culinary “sense of being.” Each January, the Originals hosts the “Forks and Corks” Food and Wine Fest at the Ringling Museum Courtyard where guests can sample flavors from the “Originals” restaurants. The Originals offer highly sought-after discounted dining certificates to their restaurants. Information on “Forks and Corks” and dining certificates can be found at the Sarasota/Manatee Originals web site.

Manatee Technical Institute

Chef Raymond and D’Arcy Arpke serve on the Board of the Manatee Technical Institute’s cooking program. They both are committed to making sure that students in the Manatee & Sarasota area have a solid culinary arts program where they can learn and launch their cooking careers. If you would like more information about MTI’s culinary program, visit the Manatee Technical Institute’s web site.