From local eateries to our favorite chain, restaurants play an essential role in shaping communities and neighborhoods in Nevada and across the nation, and creating opportunities for people everywhere.  

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) and Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA) have teamed up with American Express, PepsiCo Foodservice and Ecolab to honor individuals with the annual Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s annual Industry Awards celebrate the “best of the best” in diversity and inclusion, community service and hospitality leadership. This is our time to shine extend an invitation to nominate the restaurant of your choice for one of three coveted awards!

The three awards that we use to honor our community leader include the Restaurant Neighbor Award, the Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

Restaurant Neighbor Award 

Restaurants demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their communities in good times and bad. Perhaps no other industry has deeper community roots. In large and small communities, people turn to restaurants each day for sustenance, support and socialization—and restaurants give back to their communities, improving the quality of life for all they serve.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service and philanthropy. Each year, a small business, a mid-size restaurant company and a large/national chain each receive $10,000 to support a favorite charity or community project, and winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award during a gala awards dinner.

Faces of Diversity American Dream Award 

Founded in 2006, this program was created to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion by highlighting model companies that have excelled in this area, as well as to raise awareness about the important role restaurants play in providing a ladder of opportunity for millions of Americans to achieve the American Dream.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is proud of the industry’s diversity and hopes to inspire further inclusion through the annual Faces of Diversity Awards program. In partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, the Faces of Diversity Awards program honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination and enterprise. A panel of industry leaders selects the winners, who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to be honored at an awards ceremony at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference Gala Awards Dinner. In addition to the ceremony, a $2,500 scholarship will be made in the name of each winner to an aspiring student pursuing a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. 

Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award

The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, is the premier award bestowed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The award is named for Thad and Alice Eure who generously gave their time and resources to serve their community and the hospitality industry. Consideration will be given to a nominee who serves as a company Chairperson, CEO, President or Senior Executive for his or her contributions to the industry. Individuals eligible for this award should demonstrate the following: possesses high stature and recognition in the hospitality industry, has shown extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of the industry, is a respected spokesperson and a positive role model to young people considering careers in the restaurant/foodservice/hospitality industry, and uses his/her leadership to enhance the stature of the industry through community service and philanthropy and commitment to advancing youth.

Applicants and nominees have until November 17, 2017 to apply or nominate individuals for the restaurant industry awards. Visit to apply. 

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