Silver Eagle Beverages, one of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch wholesalers, today announced a $75,000 donation to the Texas Restaurant Association’s TX Restaurant Relief Fund, an initiative of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF). The fund provides immediate financial support to independent restaurants and their employees.
“Many of our valued restaurant customers are struggling during this time of distress and great financial need,” said John L. Nau III, Chairman and CEO, Silver Eagle Beverages. “This contribution will focus on providing support to restaurants and their employees throughout south Texas during this difficult time.”
The charitable donation will be directed toward restaurants in Silver Eagle Beverages’ 13-county territory, which includes: Atascosa, Bexar, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala Counties.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented challenge for our industry,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President & CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation. “Restaurants are the heart of our communities, fighting for survival. We are incredibly grateful to Silver Eagle Beverages for coming to restaurants’ aid when they too are experiencing the full catastrophic impact of COVID-19. Working together across the entire supply chain, we can support Texas’ many unique independent restaurateurs and their employees at a time when they need it most.”
About the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation
Established in 1994 by the Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization focused on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. It is the workforce development arm of the Association. The Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. The organization’s flagship program is Texas ProStart, an industry-based, two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum. Texas ProStart is currently in more than 150 Texas high schools, reaching more than 15,000 students annually.
On March 23, 2020, the TRAEF established the TX Restaurant Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 crisis to provide immediate financial support to independent restaurants and expanded the Fund on May 31, 2020 to finically support foodservice establishments impacted during times of crisis. Donations can be made by texting TRRF to 31996, visiting www.txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org