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Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  Is there a fee to apply for the awards?
A.  There is no entry fee for any of the NRAEF Awards.

Q.  Do you have to be a member of the National Restaurant Association to apply for any of the awards?
A.  
No. Any foodservice professional can apply for the award. 

Q.  When will the winners be announced?
A.  
The winners will be honored at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference Gala Awards Dinner in April 2018 in Washington, DC.

Q. What is the Restaurant Neighbor Award?
A.
The Restaurant Neighbor Award is an awards program from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and American Express to honor restaurants for outstanding community involvement and innovative community programs. 

Applicants should be involved in a community program or have their own project that has a strong impact in their community, either through funds raised or direct volunteer involvement. Factors that will be taken into consideration include: 

  • Commitment/Involvement: How long has the restaurant been involved in community activities? How did the program evolve? How is the staff involved in the project? 
  • Impact: What impact has the restaurant’s involvement had or will have on the community (i.e. dollars raised, people fed, volunteer hours)?

        
Q.    How are the Restaurant Neighbor Award winners chosen?
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Participating State Restaurant Associations select up to five winners from their state to compete for the national award. Once selected, the state winners are eligible for the national awards. The NRAEF will convene a panel of judges representing the restaurant industry, the non-profit community and the media to select the national winners.  

Q.    Is there a prize for the Restaurant Neighbor Award national winners?
A.  
 National winners receive $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit organization.

Q.  What is the Faces of Diversity Award?
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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), together with PepsiCo Foodservice, launched the first annual Faces of Diversity American Dream Award program in the spring of 2006 to celebrate the diversity of the restaurant and hospitality industry and to honor individuals who have achieved the American Dream. 

Q.  Who is eligible?
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Any restaurant or foodservice company is eligible to apply or be nominated. Industry suppliers are not eligible for the award.

Q.  How are the Faces of Diversity Award winners chosen?
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 The NRAEF will convene a judging panel in January 2018 to choose the winners. 

Q.  What do the winners receive?
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The winners will be honored at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference Gala Awards Dinner in April 2018 in Washington, DC. A $2,500 scholarship will be made in the name of each winner to an aspiring student pursuing a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry and a $2,500 grant will be made to their State Restaurant Association in their name. A video is also produced of each winner to showcase his/her achievements.

Q.  What is the Ambassador of Hospitality Award?
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The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, honors lifetime achievement and service to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Consideration will be given to a nominee who serves as a company Chairperson, CEO, President or Senior Executive for his or her contributions to the industry.

Individuals eligible for this award should demonstrate the following:

  1. Possesses high stature and recognition in the hospitality industry.
  2. Shown extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of the industry.
  3. Is a respected spokesperson and a positive role model to young people considering careers in the restaurant/foodservice/hospitality industry.
  4. Uses his/her leadership to enhance the stature of the industry through community service and philanthropy and commitment to advancing youth.

Q.  How is the winner for the Ambassador of Hospitality Award selected?
A.
 The NRAEF will convene a panel of judges to select the winner.