On Wednesday, February 6 at Rita’s Seaside Grille, The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) presented checks to local charities and their educational partners. Each year, the GCRA raises money for local charities and colleges through their annual festivals: The Southern Living Taste of Charleston and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. To date, the GCRA has raised over $1 million.
“This past Wednesday was a great day for the GCRA, our charities, our educational partners and the local community. We were able to give back more than we have ever before. This year we raised a total of $47,500 for the local community” says Steve Carroll, president of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. Five local charities were each presented with a check for $5000. These charities include Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Hospitality Heroes, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.
In addition, each of the GCRA’s three educational partners received $7,500. Each school will break that amount into five $1,500 scholarships to benefit students studying to be in the hospitality industry. The benefiting educational partners include The Art Institute of Charleston, The Culinary Institute of Charleston and The College of Charleston.