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Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

We strive to create an inclusive atmosphere for our guests and our team members. As part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we invest in training that guides our leaders in establishing an environment where everyone feels welcomed, valued and respected. That is why we are partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop training that will help youth of all ages better understand diversity and combat racial discrimination.

The newly created Youth for Unity training curriculum will provide dynamic experiences and activities focused on combating racism and promoting equity. Made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Darden Foundation, the curricula will help foster the next generation of leaders, problem-solvers and advocates for change.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

Darden’s support of Boys & Girls Clubs extends into our hometown. For 25 years, we have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with contributions exceeding $5 million.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central FloridaMost recently, the Darden Foundation committed $1.5 million to support construction of the new Bradley-Otis Boys & Girls Family Club, named after former Darden CEO Clarence Otis and his wife Jacqueline Bradley, and to the expansion of the Joe R. Lee Club, named for Darden’s first Chairman and CEO Joe Lee. The Bradley-Otis Boys & Girls Club is the largest branch in Central Florida — a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility serving more than 250 children each day.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Through the Darden Foundation, we support the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation program, a national high school program that introduces students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry and provides them with an industry-driven curriculum on topics ranging from culinary techniques to management skills. Our annual contribution of $200,000 also supports the Opportunity Youth-Restaurant Ready program to engage and encourage disconnected young people to pursue a path to employment and improve their quality of life.

In fiscal 2020, we donated an additional $200,000 to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to endow a scholarship fund for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Each year, four graduating seniors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pursuing degrees in restaurant, hospitality or foodservice programs are eligible to receive a scholarship at a postsecondary educational institution in memory of the ProStart students who lost their lives in the 2018 tragedy.

Cal Poly Pomona $100,000
Cornell University $50,000
Florida State University $100,000
Northern Arizona University $100,000
University of Central Florida $5,000,000
University of Florida $50,000
Virginia Tech $100,000
Washington State University $100,000