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CRAEF presented with $25,000 from Round It Up America

The California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) was presented with a a $25,000 check Feb. 21 from Round it Up America, a national program that dedicates a portion of diner contributions to helping the foundation achieve its goal of helping motivated and talented students forge careers in the restaurant industry.

(Top) Newport Harbor High School ProStart alumni accept a
donation from Round It Up America with CRAEF Executive Director
Alycia Harshfield. (Above) ProStart alumni, from left, Eddie Medina,
Marcus McGee, Tofu Torrero and Ramiro Rodriguez pose with Harshfield
and Irvine Mayor Dr. Steven Choi at the Round It Up America granting
ceremony Feb. 21.

The program, which launched in 2009, gives diners at participating restaurants the option to round up their check to the nearest dollar, with the proceeds benefitting industry educational programs, the American Red Cross and local charitable organizations of the restaurant's choice. Since its inauguration, Round It Up America has grown to include eight participating restaurant companies and has raised more than half a million dollars in donations.

The $25,000 donation to CRAEF brings California's donation total to more than $50,000 since Round It Up America’s start.

“This significant donation gives us a chance to help so many students pursue bright futures in the restaurant industry," CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “We couldn’t be more grateful to all of the patrons, restaurants and operators who participate in this incredible program.”

The check was presented to Harshfield and former Newport Harbor High School ProStart students, shown at right with Dr. Dr. Steven Choi, mayor of Irvine.

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