National Awards to Recognize Restaurant Industry Icons in Diversity, Philanthropy and Leadership

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National Awards to Recognize Restaurant Industry Icons in Diversity, Philanthropy and Leadership

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has begun accepting nominations for its coveted 2017 national recognition awards: Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity Award, and Ambassador of Hospitality Award. Applications and nomination forms are available online at ChooseRestaurants.org/Awards until October 15, 2016.

The awards honor professionals who have enhanced the restaurant and foodservice industry through tireless work and remarkable leadership. The winners will be recognized at a gala awards dinner in Washington, D.C. during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in March 2017.

Now in its 18th year, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, founded in partnership with American Express, honors restaurants and restaurateurs for their philanthropic efforts and dedication to their communities. Each year, a small business, a mid-size restaurant company, and a large or national chain each receive $10,000 to support a charity or community project.

In partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, the Faces of Diversity Awards program honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination and enterprise, and now also work to help others do the same.

The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, is the premiere award bestowed by NRAEF to an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

For more information on the Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity, and Ambassador of Hospitality awards, and to read the remarkable stories of past winners, visit ChooseRestaurants.org/Awards.


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