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Honoring Industry Stars in Diversity, Community Service and Hospitality

The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries in the country employing more minority managers than any other industry. It is also one of the most charitable industries in the United States. Currently, nine out of ten restaurants are actively involved in charitable activities on a daily basis. To help celebrate these industry STARS making a difference each and every day, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has teamed up with American Express, PepsiCo Foodservice and Ecolab to honors individuals with the annual Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

Deadline for submissions is November 5, 2018.
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Restaurant Neighbor Award - The Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service and philanthropy. National winners are chosen from a pool of state winners to win $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit. This award is sponsored by American Express. 


Face of Diversity American Dream Award — The American Dream Award honors individuals from a diverse background who, through hard work and determination, have realized their American dream. Three winners are honored each year with this award and three $2,500 scholarships are awarded to ProStart students in the names of the winners. This award is sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice.


Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award – The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award honors an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This award is sponsored by Ecolab.


For more information, please contact Alyssa Prince at aprince@nraef.org.