Restaurant Neighbor Award


Restaurants demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their communities in good times and bad. Perhaps no other industry has deeper community roots. In large and small communities, people turn to restaurants each day for sustenance, support and socialization – and restaurants give back to their communities, improving the quality of life for all they serve.

With nine in 10 restaurants involved in community service, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation works to raise awareness of the many philanthropic efforts taking place in the restaurant industry across America. 
Each year, a small business, a mid-size restaurant company and a large/national chain each receive $10,000 to support a favorite charity or community project, and winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award during a gala awards dinner.

2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award Recipients

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Bradenton, Florida

The owners of the four-unit Anna Maria Oyster Bar have always put one philanthropic cause at the head of the class—benefiting the education of the community, especially its under- privileged citizens.

In 2017, owners John and Amanda Horne embarked on a pioneering concept that demonstrates how restaurants  and other businesses in any community  can improve grade-level  reading for students.  The Campaign  for Grade-Level  Reading  is a collaborative  effort that ensures more low-income students will succeed in school.

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Wildflower Bread Company


Founded by Tracy and Louis Basile, Wildflower is a family-owned business operating 16 fast casual restaurants  and a central production  facility that produces naturally leavened artisan breads and specialty cakes. Wildflower Bread Company was founded on the philosophy that treating their employees (aka Breadheads), guests and community like they are family would cre- ate a brand that truly makes a difference.  Wildflower’s four principal pillars of giving support are food insecurity, education, women and animal advocacy, all supported through the Wildflower Cares Foundation.

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Burger King McLamore Foundation

Locations Nationwide

Named after Burger King co-founder  James W. McLamore,  the Foundation  has helped more than 700,000 children and families. “In a little over a decade we’ve awarded more than $32 million dollars supporting more than 30,000 students,” said Israel.

In Florida alone, the Miami-based Burger King McLamore Foundation has awarded $3.6 million dollars to deserving Florida seniors since 2005.

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