NYS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION MEMBER TL CANON HONORED
Thursday, April 02, 2015
NRA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HONORS NYS RESTAUARANT ASSOCIATION MEMBER FOR 2015 RESTAURANT NEIGHBOR AWARD
- Restaurateurs Exemplify Opportunity, Achievement and Community Investment -
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor award winners. The winners will be honored at a gala on April 14, 2015, during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. Now in its 17th year, the award recognizes the impact restaurants and entrepreneurs have made on their local communities. The Faces of Diversity American Dream award, sponsored by PepsiCo, is given to diverse members of the restaurant industry who have, through hard work and perseverance, achieved the American Dream.
“The recipients of the 2015 Restaurant Neighbor award tell the story of opportunity and community engagement within the restaurant industry. More than three-quarters of America’s restaurant owners started their careers in an entry-level position and charitable contributions in the industry exceed $3 billion annually,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “We congratulate these restaurateurs and applaud their immense passion for what they do for their communities.”
Of the applicants from all states, NYS Restaurant Association member, T.L. Canon Companies, was one of just four honored with the 2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award, and will receive a $5,000 contribution to continue supporting their charitable initiatives. As a franchisee of 61 Applebee’s restaurants across New York and Connecticut, T.L. Cannon Companies provided nearly $2.5 million in monetary and in-kind donations in 2014 through creative, in-store fundraisers. Its spring and holiday fundraisers along with an annual charity golf tournament has sponsored more than 130 Make-A-Wish children since 2008 and the company has provided more than $1.1 million in funds and in-kind support to benefit the organization. Additionally, its Flapjack Fundraisers helped local schools and youth organizations raise $1.75 million last year.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. In 2015, the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to comprise 1 million outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest employers. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.
About American Express:
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