EATíN PARK SHINES AS A POINT OF LIGHT
Eat'n Park, a casual, neighborhood restaurant known for its friendly service and award-winning food, has been selected as the Daily Point of Light for Wednesday, July 7, 2004 by the Points of Light Foundation.
Pioneered by former President George H. Bush and endorsed by President George W. Bush, The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network recognize individuals and groups who serve to meet community needs. More than 100 million people in the U.S. volunteer their time, talent and energy to help others, solve social problems and build strong communities. The awards and recognition programs of the Points of Light Foundation celebrate the success of these volunteers and spotlight the impact that various individuals, groups, businesses and families have made in their communities.
"Eat'n Park is honored and excited to be given this award," said Kevin O'Connell, Senior Vice President, Eat'n Park Restaurants. "This award recognizes the volunteer spirit and community commitment of all of our Eat'n Park team members."
The Daily Points of Light Award is given by The Points of Light Foundation in partnership with the Knights of Columbus, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is designed to honor individuals and organizations who have made a commitment to connect Americans through volunteerism to help meet critical needs in their communities and in the nation, especially those focused on the goals for children and youth.
"We thank Eat'n Park for putting its values into action and for giving unselfish service to others with such energy and commitment. They are an inspiration to us all and are truly deserving of recognition as a Daily Point of Light," Robert Goodwin, President and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network.
According to Kevin O'Connell, Eat'n Park is an ardent supporter of charitable causes focused primarily on the health and well-being of families and children. For example, team members from across the chain have raised more than $5 million for free care funds at children's hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia over the years. Additionally, Eat'n Park regularly seeks out children's related causes in the communities where it operates.