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Honor Deserving Restaurateurs

Restaurants have the chance to gain national recognition by applying for the National Restaurant Association's 2012 Restaurant Industry Awards. The industry awards, which go back 14 years, are given in two distinct categories. The Restaurant Neighbor Award, sponsored by and co-founded by American Express recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service. The Faces of Diversity Award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice celebrates the diversity of the industry by honoring three individuals who have realized the American Dream.

The deadline for applying for these awards is December 5, 2011.  APPLY TODAY!

"The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse in the country, employing more minority managers than any other business sector. It is also one of the most charitable in the United States. To celebrate our successes and shine the spotlight on the important role the industry plays in improving the quality of life, we are thrilled to launch this call for nominations for the 2012 Restaurant Industry Awards," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO, National Restaurant Association.

Restaurant Neighbor Award
The Restaurant Neighbor Award honors restaurants in the field of outstanding community service and involvement. Winners will be chosen at the state level and those state winners will compete for the national award. Four national winners receive $5,000 each to support their community efforts.

Faces of Diversity Award
The Faces of Diversity Award recognizes the diversity of the restaurant industry and the role it plays in helping achieve "the American Dream." Three individuals, who through hard work and determination have realized their dreams, are selected each year as the national winners. A $2,500 ProStart scholarship is presented in the name of each winner.

Winners of the awards will be honored in April 2012 at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference.