Club and restaurants partner to advance college readiness

2013-05-09T00:00:00Z Club and restaurants partner to advance college readinessBy Times Staff
May 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAKE STATION | The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana’s Lake Station club has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.

The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will fund the Lake Station club’s College Readiness Program. This program provides a range of services to guide club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

“This grant will give teens at the Lake Station Club the knowledge and preparation they need, through the college readiness program, to prepare them for high school graduation and college. This is an opportunity these teens may not have gotten otherwise,” said Megan Henning, marketing manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.

“Our organization counts on grants like this so that we are able to offer our members life-enhancing programs and brighter futures.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana is a nonprofit organization providing youth with a safe place to learn and grow as productive, responsible and caring citizens through after school and summer programs.

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to. . . bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”

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