Deadline Extended for National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Awards Nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today that it has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for its 2014 “Restaurant Neighbor” and “Faces of Diversity” awards.  Nominations are now being accepted through Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Entering its 16th year, the Foundation’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award,” founded in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. Likewise, the “Faces of Diversity” award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice and founded in 2007, is presented to members of the restaurant industry who, through hard work and perseverance, have achieved the American Dream.

“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 U.S. 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.”

The “Restaurant Neighbor Award” will honor winners in four categories: small business, mid-size business, large business/national chain and Cornerstone Humanitarian. Each will receive $5,000 to support their charitable giving efforts. Participating State Restaurant Associations will select winners in their respective states that will be in the running for the national award.

The “Faces of Diversity Award” will recognize three individuals as the national winners, who will have a $2,500 NRAEF student scholarship presented in their name.

Applications and nomination forms will be accepted online at until Nov. 26, 2013. The national winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will be recognized at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference on April 29, 2014.

For more information on the “Restaurant Neighbor” and “Faces of Diversity” award programs, and to see compelling stories of the 2013 winners and finalists, visit the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s website at

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)’s goal is to enhance the stature of the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation’s largest employers. The NRAEF’s focus is to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce and to create a more positive business climate for the restaurant industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit