National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Wins 2018 “Power of A” Gold Award

Foundation recognized for “The Power to Create a Competitive Workforce”

Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, DC, July 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) with a 2018 “Power of A” Gold Award for innovative programs and activities that positively impact America and the world.

The awards are part of the “Power of A” program, an industry brand and awareness campaign that helps associations tell their story to key audiences including policymakers, the media, business leaders and their own members. The NRAEF was one of just 16 winners for this year’s Gold Awards.

“We are incredibly thrilled to be named a winner for this year’s prestigious award from ASAE,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF. “We are committed to connecting with those who have a passion for working in restaurants and foodservice – from high school students to opportunity youth to veterans—and we are looking at every opportunity to grow the number of people we impact.”

The NRAEF is dedicated to providing people from all backgrounds and cultures the training, education, financial resources and career development opportunities they need to build pathways to meaningful jobs and careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The Foundation and its more than 300 supporting companies and individuals share a mission to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce and its future leaders.

The NRAEF’s programs include:

The 2018 Power of A awards will be presented during The Power of A Summit Awards Dinner on October 3, 2018 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

To learn more about the NRAEF and how you can get help build the next generation of restaurant and foodservice leaders, visit

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include:  ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a  hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit


The NRAEF’s winning restaurant management team (Connecticut) from the 2018 National ProStart Invitational, an annual competition showcasing nearly 400 talented high school students’ expertise in the culinary arts and restaurant management.

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