GPS Hospitality Awards $89,000 in BURGER KING
McLAMORE℠ Foundation Scholarships
Franchisee Supports 89 Students Throughout Seven States with $1,000 Scholarships
ATLANTA – (May 23, 2016) – GPS Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with 222 restaurants, is pleased to announce its awarding of 89 scholarships to deserving scholars through the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation. GPS restaurants participated in both the Spring and Fall McLAMORE Foundation fundraisers in 2015, which generated $89,000 in $1 donations from restaurant guests in their local communities.
“Recognizing hard work and excellence is a cornerstone of the GPS Hospitality philosophy. The McLAMORE Foundation offers a way for each of our restaurants and their guests to raise funds that give back to their communities, and I’m so impressed with the teams that continue to support their local neighborhoods,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “We are also honored to present recipients with scholarships and to be a part of their academic journey. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”
The 2016 recipients were selected by the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation based on their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.
“We are committed to supporting hard-working, dedicated students in our communities through the BURGER KING Scholars program,” said Amanda Israel, executive director of the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation. “Each year, we are increasingly impressed by the number and caliber of applications, and it motivates us to work harder to grant more scholarships than the year before. We are very passionate about education and proud to know that through this program we are creating opportunities for thousands of students to build brighter futures.”
The BURGER KING Scholars program is the BURGER KING McLAMORE Foundation’s flagship program, established to honor the legacy of the BURGER KING brand’s co-founder James W. McLamore, whose commitment to philanthropy and education made him a pillar of community service throughout his lifetime.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than 26,800 scholarships to high school seniors, BURGER KING employees, their spouses/domestic partners and children across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, resulting in $28.3 million in grants to students in local communities.
For more information on the program, including instructions for 2017 scholarship applications, please visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org.
About GPS Hospitality
Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality is a BURGER KING® and Popeyes® franchisee, operating 229 restaurants in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. GPS Hospitality seeks to become our guests’ favorite QSR destination by implementing our brand values of being Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed. For more information, please visit www.gpshospitality.com or visit us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About the Burger King McLamore℠ Foundation
The BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, whose global efforts are aimed at supporting the advancement of education. Inspired by BURGER KING® brand co-founder James W. McLamore, its mission is to make a positive impact in communities where BURGER KING® restaurants operate by building brighter futures through education and providing emergency hardship assistance to members of the BURGER KING® family. The Foundation also partners with select charitable organizations worldwide that share its mission of advancing education. To learn more about the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, visit www.bkmclamorefoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or call 305-378-3186.
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