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Charitable? Diverse? Just Awesome? Apply for National Awards!

The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries in the country employing more minority managers than any other industry. It is also one of the most charitable industries in the United States. Currently, nine out of ten restaurants are actively involved in charitable activities on a daily basis. To help celebrate these industry STARS making a difference each and every day, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has teamed up with American Express, PepsiCo Foodservice and Ecolab to honors individuals with the annual Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and Ambassador of Hospitality Award.
Deadline for submissions is November 17, 2017. Apply today! 

Face of Diversity American Dream Award — The American Dream Award honors individuals from a diverse background who, through hard work and determination, have realized their American dream. Three winners are honored each year with this award and three $2,500 scholarships are awarded to ProStart students in the names of the winners. This award is sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice.

Restaurant Neighbor Award - The Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service and philanthropy. National winners are chosen from a pool of state winners to win $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit. This award is sponsored by American Express.  

Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award – The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award honors an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. This award is sponsored by Ecolab.


What's Happening
Make plans now to be in Oklahoma City on November 6 for the annual Hirst Hospitality Awards. Help us recognize and honor the hardworking employees in the foodservice industry; there's nothing like the value of a good staff!
Researchers from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Oklahoma State University are conducting a study on "Recruitment, Selection, and Retention in Oklahoma Restaurants." Participants must be at least 18 years of age and a current a restaurant manager. The short survey will close on October 31. Thank you for your participation!
Are you familiar with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) industry awards? Each year, winners are selected for these awards and we think YOU, as an ORA member, should be one of them!
The ORA Academy is back in 2017 with both a BOH/Culinary track and a FOH/Management track! The goal of the Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership. At the end of the year, if a student has attended all 4 sessions, they will be awarded an ORA Academy “Certificate of Knowledge” and be recognized in The Restaurateur magazine.
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