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Diversity, American Dream celebrated at gala

Our Educational Foundation honored our 2017 Faces of Diversity award winners. The awards, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, showcase restaurateurs who’ve overcome adversity to achieve their personal and professional dreams.

Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association and NRAEF, congratulated the winners at our awards gala in Washington, D.C.

Here’s a look at this year’s Faces of Diversity winners:

Farouk Diab, Wienerschnitzel franchisee

Diab came to the United States as an 18-year-old Middle Eastern immigrant with dreams of a better life. He planned to study engineering, but 41 years later, he is the chain’s leading franchisee with 21 stores.

Raveen Arora, Dhaba India Plaza

Arora was born in India and came to America in 1981. Today he is a successful restaurateur and community leader. His Dhaba restaurant and Indian marketplace serves Punjabi cuisine, and takes guests on a cultural journey.

Roshara Sanders, Compass Group/Flik Hospitality

Following a stint in the U.S. Army, Sanders spent three years at the Culinary Institute of America perfecting her craft. She appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped TV show in 2015, where she won $10,000. Sanders then donated her winnings to No Kid Hungry.

The event was held during our annual Public Affairs Conference, March 28 to 29.

Read about our 2017 Restaurant Neighbor award winners

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