WASHINGTON, DC – April 23, 2019 – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart program received donations from over 200 individuals onsite at this year’s Restaurant Leadership Conference – plus a special shout out from Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF, appeared onstage to debut a new video highlighting the ProStart program in front of an audience of 2,000+ industry representatives.
Gifford was joined by co-chairs and ProStart supporters Steve Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Dine Brands Global, Inc.; Susannah Sellers-Ryan, Industry Relations & Business Development, PepsiCo Global Foodservice; Aaron Marshall, Director of Business Development, McLane Foodservice, Inc.; and Jack Quinn, Vice President of Industry Relations, Ecolab. Bill Anderson, Vice President of Winsight Media, moderated the panel.
ProStart received high recognition throughout the three-day conference at the Spotlight Charity booth, where attendees could donate to the program by way of a silent auction, purchasing mulligans during the golf tournament and through Starbucks, Spendgo and Restaurant Technologies onsite, where every phone number given at the Spendgo kiosks in Starbucks gave $1 to the program.
The increased awareness for ProStart occurred less than a month away from the program’s biggest event of the year, where over 400 ProStart students will compete for scholarships and bragging rights: the National ProStart Invitational, held May 8th – 10th in Washington, DC.
To see coverage from the conference and listen in on what Magic had to say about ProStart, visit the program’s Facebook page.
To learn more about ProStart and how you can get involved, visit ChooseRestaurants.org/ProStart.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.
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