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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Giving back to our communities is one of the fundamental pillars of our company culture. We know the importance and value of taking care of people both inside and outside our restaurants.

Many of our team members are active volunteers in their neighborhoods, and we do what we can to support them in those endeavors. During the months of April and May, we recognize those who have gone above and beyond by generously giving their time and energy to support causes in their local communities.

From over 1,300 team members who volunteered over 43,000 hours of their time in 2016, we’re proud to announce that this year’s Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Volunteer of the Year is William “Bill” Emerick!

Pictured above: Nancy Kilmartin, a Joshua House representative and Bill Emerick, the 
2017 Volunteer of the Year Winner.

Bill, a team member at our Altoona restaurant, is passionate about giving back, as evidenced by the 625 hours he spent volunteering last year. Bill has been volunteering at his church, Westside United Methodist, for 5 years. He started as a trustee chairman and served as the church’s handyman. After a while, he wanted to dig in even more. He began serving meals to over 100 people every Monday evening.

In addition to serving at his church, Bill also uses his culinary talents and his love for people at The Joshua House, a local community center whose mission is to help youth find purpose. On Bill’s behalf, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group will be donating $1,500 to The Joshua House. At the center, Bill helps to coordinate and serve food at a number of their annual events – 3 wellness races each year, Hoopsfest (a 1000 player basketball tournament), a Thanksgiving dinner that provides over 350 meals, Operation Christmas Blessing, which supplements all the traditional elements of Christmas for 30 families in need, and an afterschool homework club, where Bill provides hot meals for kids 3 times a week.

Please join us in congratulating Bill and our other finalists for their extensive efforts in the community!

Pictured above our 2017 Volunteer of the Year finalists (left to right):
Doug Naylor, Jamie Bower, Jackie Seltzer, Sydney Dixon, Bill Emerick (Winner), 
Mary Vallorani, Brettney Duck

Click here to learn about all of our finalists!

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