At Eat'n Park, we are in the business of making people smile. That can take shape in many forms and occur in many contexts, but volunteering outside of our work space is one big way that team members are lending a hand and sharing a smile to those in our communities. This April, we honored eight selfless volunteers during our 2014 Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Volunteer of the Year Awards. Each individual recognized is creating positive change and inspiring others to follow!
We are proud to announce that this year's Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Volunteer of the Year is Shannon Morgan. Shannon is part of our Parkhurst division and is a prep cook at Capital University. Through the creation of Cooking To Help Enrich Families (CHEF), she is making a difference in the lives of individuals and families who receive food assistance.
CHEF is an educational program that Shannon created, focusing on the efficient management of a family's food dollars while, at the same time, creating nutritional meals that enhance the quality of life for the families. She conducts her CHEF classes at the YWCA of Columbus, as well as a local rec center and church. When asked why volunteering is important to her, Shannon replied, "I was once there, and someone reached out and helped me, so I will reach out and help others."
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group will be donating $3,000 on behalf of Shannon to the YWCA of Columbus, OH.
We also awarded an honorary mention to Pam Cronenwett. Pam is a 12 year team member at our Austintown, Ohio Eat'n Park Restaurant where she works as a greeter trainer. She has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for 15 years and has held several offices within the organization during that time. In addition to helping build homes, Pam provides financial training to new homeowners. Eat'n Park Hospitality Group will be making a $1,000 donation to the Habitat for Humanity of the Mahoning County on behalf of Pam.
Please join us in congratulating Shannon and our other finalists for their extensive efforts in the community. We are so proud to honor such special members of our Eat'n Park family.