The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation announced it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Franchising Gives Back Annual Awards. In partnership with Roark Capital Group, the second annual awards program salutes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide. Winners will be honored at an awards celebration and dinner on September 12 during the IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Franchising Gives Back celebrates charitable support and exemplary leadership in the franchise community across the country,” says Steve Romaniello, CFE and managing director of Roark Capital Group. “Franchise businesses are constantly giving back to communities nationwide, and we’re excited to recognize those companies, franchisees, and suppliers that are truly making a difference.”
“The response to Franchising Gives Back during our first year was overwhelmingly positive, and we’re grateful for the tremendous support we received from IFA members, as well as their charitable partners,” says John Reynolds, CFE, president of the Franchise Education & Research Foundation. “As Franchising Gives Back and the awards program continue to grow, we encourage franchisors, franchisees and supplier partners to get involved and share their stories about the impact they’re making around the country.”
Now through June 17, current IFA members and/or any of their affiliated organizations are invited to visit franchisinggivesback.org/awards and nominate their company’s charitable initiatives performed in 2015. Winners will be selected in five categories:
Last year, the IFA Educational Foundation recognized five Gold Winners, including: Denny’s (Share Our Strength / No Kid Hungry), Jersey Mike’s Subs (Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer), CertaPro Painters (Home for Our Troops), Figaro’s Pizza, Inc. (H.E.L.P The Charity), and Church’s Chicken (Church’s Partner Foundation).
Ten additional Silver Award Winners were recognized, including: Massage Envy Spa (The Arthritis Foundation), Sport Clips (American Red Cross), Marriott International (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), The Melting Pot (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital), CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Gary Sinise Foundation), Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (Camp Corral), Jibu (Jibu Water Program), Wingstop (North Texas Food Bank), Moe’s Southwest Grill in Abilene, Texas (Taylor County Sheriff’s Office), and SOLDIERFIT (22 Needs A Face).
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