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NRAEF seeks winners for Restaurant Neighbor, Diversity awards

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is looking for its 2014 class of Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity award winners.

The NRAEF started accepting nominations for the two awards Sept. 16, and will name its winners at a gala celebration during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference next year.

The Restaurant Neighbor award, co-founded and sponsored by American Express, honors winners in four categories: small business, mid-size business, large business/national chain and Cornerstone Humanitarian. The award recognizes the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant members. Each winner receives $5,000 to support their charitable giving efforts. Participating state restaurant associations select winners in their respective states who then go on to compete for the national award.

The Faces of Diversity award, co-founded and sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals as national winners. The award celebrates members of the restaurant industry who, through hard work and perseverance, have achieved the American Dream. Each winner will have a $2,500 NRAEF student scholarship presented in his or her name.

“The Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards spotlight the success stories of hardworking entrepreneurs and local heroes for their commitment to the industry and their communities,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of philanthropic initiatives for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “The restaurant sector is one of the most diverse in the United States, and the nominations we receive only reinforce how the industry makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives every day. We encourage those within the industry to share the inspirational stories of their employees and peers by nominating them for these two prestigious awards.”

Applications and nomination forms will be accepted online until Nov. 18 at NRAEF.org/Awards. For more information on the award programs, visit NRAEF.org/Build-Talent/Industry-Awards.

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