"We're proud of the Elmer's® team for their continued commitment to our communities and for setting the example of what it means to be a good neighbor," said Jerry Scott, Elmer's® Restaurants' CEO. "It's an honor to receive this prestigious award, and we couldn't have done it without the dedication of our amazing team."
Elmer's® makes it a priority to care for their communities by reaching out to families, children and homeless people who are hurting and hungry. Since 2011, Elmer's® and their dedicated team have raised a total of $55,824 for the Children's Cancer Association. To raise these funds, the Elmer's® team encouraged guests to donate to the Hearts of Joy program by purchasing a $1 or $5 Heart of Joy. Additionally, Elmer's® team members volunteered to answer phones during the Children's Cancer Associations radio-thon, and simultaneously matched all $5 Heart of Joy donations made in-store for a gift of up to $5,000 each year.
While partnering with non-profit organizations such as Portland Rescue Mission, the Children's Cancer Association and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, Elmer's® consistently pushes themselves to better the community and make a positive impact with families. In addition to the Hearts of Joy campaign, Elmer's® created a meal-matching initiative last fall that raised 10,284 meals for hurting and hungry people served by Portland Rescue Mission. This campaign will begin again on November 1, 2012. Additionally, Elmer's® developed The Rose Meal Program to benefit the Rose Festival Foundation. The program consists of Elmer's donating $1 from each entrée purchased from the Rose Meal Menu, a list of three special menu items with fresh strawberries, to help raise money for this enriching, family-friendly event in the Portland Metro Area each year. Since 2010, the Rose Meal Program has raised a total of $29,560.
"Restaurants are cornerstones of our community," said Steve McCoid, CEO of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. "Elmer's® is a shining example of a company who is very successful and sincerely believes it is important to give back and help those in need."
Since 1960, Elmer's® has been providing quality food ingredients and gracious service that make you feel at home. As a group of locally owned restaurants, there are now 25 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California where patrons enjoy farm-fresh, Northwest ingredients including Tillamook Cheese, Boyd's Coffee, Rogue Blue Cheese, Zenner Sausages and Oregon Hazelnuts. Elmer's® recently received national recognition, securing a Top 10 ranking with the leading consumer rating publication in the category of Family Restaurants, with high marks on four main attributes consisting of taste, value, service and mood. Elmer's® takes pride in their surrounding communities and strives to be the restaurant of choice for families. Elmer's® Restaurants...25 communities, 11 local owners, 1 family.
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