That's why the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), gives the Restaurant Neighbor Awards. For the past 15 years, companies making an impact are recognized.
The 2016 Ohio Restaurant Neighbors Award winners are Roosters, Jeni's, and the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. The three winners have shown outstanding stewardship.
- Roosters has been involved with a number of different charities since the restaurant was founded more than 20 years ago.
- Roosters answers every request for charitable donations … giving nearly $1 million a year to charities through Roosters Bucks, gift certificates, gift baskets, monetary and food donations.
- The company donates $25,000 to the Second and Seven Foundation, an organization that supports literacy.
- The Roosters Charitable Golf Outing raises money for the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer benefitting the Urban and Shelley Meyer fund for cancer research.
- Roosters is the wing sponsor of Ohio State Athletics
- Staff participates in our annual golf event and focuses on the great service to our guests. This means providing a fun, casual atmosphere and a genuine great service to all.
24 restaurant locations
- 2015 turned out to be the most challenging year for Jeni’s … this year, the company issued a nationwide recall of ALL products after Listeria was found in one of their pints. They closed all of their scoop shops, removed ice cream from every grocery store shelf, cancelled catering events, and shut down home delivery business.
- Still, in 2015, Jeni’s donations and commitments total:
- Cash $14,473
- In-kind $78,539 ( that’s more than 22,000 gallons of ice cream!)
- Jeni’s believes in making a larger impact. They believe that “Company is Community”
- Some of the community initiatives Jeni’s is most proud of include:
- * Volunteer Time Off (VTO) - where the company pays for staff to volunteer at local non-profits.
- * Donation Matching - staff can donate to local non-profits and Jeni’s will match the contribution.
- * Company-wide Community service day
- * United Way Incentive Program - Jeni’s encourages employees to donate to the United Way by offering free products
- * In Kind and cash donations to numerous not for profits including the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Short North Arts District, the Columbus Foundation, the Columbus College of Art & Design, the United Way, the Columbus Foundation, and many others.
- In Columbus, 26 volunteers removed trash and invasive species while planting trees on the banks of the Olentangy river. Items removed included a bicycle, an air mattress, a car tire, a car wheel, one tv, and a firehose. Yes, a firehose! They called it “the Anaconda”
Number of Employees: 1,200
Number of Restaurants: 20
- Rusty Bucket is committed to the growth of the communities in which it does business.
- With every new restaurant opening, Rusty Bucket partners with a local nonprofit organization that has similar core values … and then donates 20 percent of the grand opening day’s profits to the selected organization.
- For the past four years, the company has donated more than $25,000 to local organizations …
- Rusty Bucket recently opened a new restaurant in Liberty Township, OH. Rusty Bucket partnered with The Dragonfly Foundation and donated over $2,600 to the organization.
- Since 2011 Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern has participated in the national charity “Round It Up America,” a program that allows customers to support an organization by rounding up their check to the nearest dollar amount.
- For several years, Rusty Bucket has been a ProStart Preferred Partner for the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Furthermore, President and Founder Gary Callicoat serves on the Ohio Restaurant Association Board of Directors and on the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board. Over a four year period of time, Rusty Bucket proudly committed to donating $20,000 in ProStart scholarships for future restaurant management and culinary arts students.
- Additionally, Rusty Bucket is dedicated to helping these young adults achieve the 200 hours of work experience needed for their Certificate of Achievement.
For more information on these awards, contact ORA Director of Communications Natalie Walston at firstname.lastname@example.org.