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Richard E. Marriott Golf Invitational Ramps up Restaurant Advocacy Fund

T he National Restaurant Association’s annual event to support the work of its Restaurant Advocacy Fund resulted in raising nearly $593,000. The Richard E. Marriott Restaurant Advocacy Fund Golf Invitational, conducted this fall in Palm Beach, represents one of the restaurant industry’s premier events and brings together CEOs and senior-level executives from chain multi-unit, as well as independent restaurant companies of all sizes.

Known as the group’s largest fundraiser, the event enables NRA to advocate on behalf of its members on issues such as responsible changes to the health care law, fair tax rates, immigration reform, food safety and other important public policy concerns at both the state and federal levels.

Since its inception, the Restaurant Advocacy Fund has raised more than $7 million to protect the industry from anti-business legislative and regulatory activities.

From left, IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira; Host Hotels & Resorts Vice Pres. & Gen. Counsel Kevin Gallagher; Chris Wayne, founder and president, Chris Wayne Associates; and McDonald’s Corporate Global Vice Pres., Government Relations, Steve Hilton.

From left, IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira; Host Hotels & Resorts Vice Pres. & Gen. Counsel Kevin Gallagher; Chris Wayne, founder and president, Chris Wayne Associates; and McDonald’s Corporate Global Vice Pres., Government Relations, Steve Hilton.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott welcomes participants to the NRA’s premier fundraising event.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott welcomes participants to the NRA’s premier fundraising event.

From left, Ecolab Inc. Vice Pres., Industry Relations Jack Quinn, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott and  IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira.

From left, Ecolab Inc. Vice Pres., Industry Relations Jack Quinn, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott and
IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira.

Brinker Intl. Inc. Chairman Doug Brooks.

Brinker Intl. Inc. Chairman Doug Brooks.

Coca-Cola Vice Pres. of Industry Affairs, Foodservice and On-Premise and IFA board member Carlton Curtis; and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott.

Coca-Cola Vice Pres. of Industry Affairs, Foodservice and On-Premise and IFA board member Carlton Curtis; and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Chairman Richard E. Marriott.

Roark Capital Group Vice Pres. and current Invitation Chairman Geoff Hill and former Invitational Chairman and IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira.

Roark Capital Group Vice Pres. and current Invitation Chairman Geoff Hill and former Invitational Chairman and IFA Pres. & CEO Steve Caldeira.

From left, Pepsico Foodservice Vice Pres., Industry Relations & Communications Doug Allison; NRA Community Relations Senior Dir. Alyssa Prince; Trinchero Family Estates Vice Pres. Hospitality & Foodservice Bill Barry; and Trinchero Family Estates Managing Dir. of National Accts. Seth Appelbaum.

From left, Pepsico Foodservice Vice Pres., Industry Relations & Communications Doug Allison; NRA Community Relations Senior Dir. Alyssa Prince; Trinchero Family Estates Vice Pres. Hospitality & Foodservice Bill Barry; and Trinchero Family Estates Managing Dir. of National Accts. Seth Appelbaum.

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