Mid-size Business Winner
Southern Hospitality Ventures, Inc.
dba Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
The team at Raising Cane’s franchisee Southern Hospitality Ventures, Inc. (SHV) wanted to do something to support members of the military who sacrifice so much to protect and serve our country. In 2009, SHV began their partnership with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that exchanges old cell phones for calling cards that are given to active duty military members and veterans.
SHV’s restaurants jumped right in and created a free-meal-with-purchase offer to customers who donated their old cell phones. The team was delighted by the generosity of their customers, who donated phone after phone to the program. In 2013, they added a round-up feature to the campaign, inviting customers to increase their total donation. One percent of the funds raised are donated to the Nebraska National Guard Foundation to benefit Nebraska soldiers and veterans. Since the campaign began, Nebraska troops have received more than 822,000 minutes in calling cards, and over $102,000 has been raised for the Nebraska National Guard Foundation.
Southern Hospitality Ventures created two annual clothing campaigns to support individuals in the community. Raising Coats with Raising Cane’s was created in 2007 and has since collected nearly 21,000 new or gently used coats for people in need. In 2009, Stuff the Bus was formed to help in-need students. To date, the program has collected enough school supplies to help over 12,300 students and raised nearly $49,000 for local schools. Through these programs and others, since opening their first Raising Cane’s in 2006, SHV has donated over $1.8 million to the communities where they operate.
Justin and Jennifer Jones, owners of Southern Hospitality Ventures, each received a Certificate of Appreciation for their outstanding contributions to the United States Army, and in 2015, they were awarded a Homeland Defense Service Ribbon from the Nebraska National Guard for their patriotic commitment to the Warriors and Families of the Nebraska National Guard.