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Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
33 W. Monroe St., Suite 250
Chicago, IL  60603

Phone: (312) 787-4000
Toll-free: (800) 572-1086
Fax: (312) 845-1956

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Throughout the year, volunteers are integral in the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation efforts to build Illinois' hospitality workforce through career exploration and development programs.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Amy Bretz, Project Coordinator, at or complete this form.   


ProStart Program  Partner          $5,000 - $25,000


The Illinois ProStart program provides more than 4000 students in 60 Illinois high schools with the opportunity to learn about careers in foodservice and hospitality.  Program partnership is an exceptional opportunity to directly impact local communities. ProStart goes beyond just providing a curriculum in the classroom. Connecting activities include classroom presentations, teacher training sessions, field trips, classroom speakers, coordinating worksites, providing communications vehicles for the program, public relations efforts and awareness campaigns.


ProStart Program Partnership 

Event Sponsorship                     $2,500 - $12,000

Sponsorship of our annual ProStart Student Invitational is a great opportunity to be recognized as a leader in supporting the workforce of the next generation. Teams of ProStart students from across the state study and train compete in three exciting events. The first place teams gone on to compete at the national event, all participants receive scholarships and other prizes for their participation. The Invitational is a great opportunity to build relationships with the many institutions, industry operators and suppliers.


Scholarship Sponsorship            $1,000 - $6,000

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation strives to make postsecondary education accessible to individuals committed to a future in the foodservice and hospitality industry.  Scholarships are awarded annually to Illinois graduating high schools seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students to further their foodservice education.  


General Donation                       Donor determines amount

Making a donation as a general sponsor enables the Foundation to continue providing opportunities to the 4,000 students we support while building the future workforce of the industry.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and how to develop a customized sponsorship plan please contact the Educational Foundation at (312) 787-4000 ext. 147.









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