National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Announces 21st Annual Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic

 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Announces 21st Annual
                     Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic

- Restaurant and Foodservice Leaders Will Tee off at Pebble Beach to Benefit
National ProStart and Scholarship Programs March 6-9, 2013 -

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Restaurant Association
Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will host the 21^st annual Ted J. Balestreri
Leadership Classic in Pebble Beach, Calif., from March 6-9, 2013. Leaders of
the restaurant and foodservice industry will tee off in support of the NRAEF's
ProStart and Scholarship programs. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program
for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into
tomorrow's restaurant leaders.


"For the past two decades, the Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic has given
restaurant and foodservice professionals a chance to feed dreams and invest in
the industry's future," said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of
philanthropic initiatives for the National Restaurant Association Educational
Foundation. "We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of industry leaders
— especially Ted himself — in helping us raise more than $2 million to date."

The Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic brings together the industry's top
leaders and decision makers to network while enjoying access to three of the
world's top golf courses and the Monterey Wine Education Foundation's Monterey
Wine & Lifestyle Auction Dinner. The non-golfer program features winery
tours, spa services and scenic views of the Monterey Peninsula.

The Leadership Classic's success over the past two decades is credited to
Balestreri's unwavering commitment to the NRAEF and its programs. In addition,
the event has continued to receive support from famed hotelier Richard
Marriott plus long-time sponsors including The Coca-Cola Company, Trinchero
Family Estates, Ecolab Inc., PepsiCo Foodservice, American Express, Republic
Services, Nestle Waters and Lyons Magnus. This year's event will also include
support from first-time sponsor BJ's Restaurant Foundation.

"Last year's Leadership Classic raised $150,000 in scholarship and ProStart
support, and we are eager to surpass that amount in 2013," Balestreri added.
"The event is also an opportunity for senior-level restaurant operators and
suppliers to build relationships, create new business, and enjoy the five-star
accommodations that Pebble Beach has to offer."

Limited event sponsorships are still available including the $50,000 (Eagle),
$25,000 (Birdie), $15,000 (Par) and $5,000 (Caddy) levels. New for 2013,
single hole sponsorships are also available for $2,000 (Single Hole), $4,000
(Double Hole), or $5,500 (Triple Hole).

Balestreri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sardine Factory
Restaurant and Cannery Row Company, is an entrepreneur and leading figure in
the restaurant industry. He has served as president and chairman on the boards
of numerous restaurant and culinary industry organizations including the
National Restaurant Association, California Restaurant Association and the
NRAEF. Balestreri was the first to receive the Foodservice Management
Professional certification from the NRAEF and was awarded the NRAEF's Thad and
Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award. He was also awarded the
prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor and inducted into the Monterey
Business Hall of Fame in Monterey, Calif.

ProStart brings the industry and the classroom together to give 90,000
students nationwide a platform to discover new interests and talents and open
doors to fulfilling careers. From culinary techniques to management skills,
ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational
opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a
lifetime. With national and local support from industry members, educators,
the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart reaches 1,700 schools
around the U.S. For more information on the ProStart program, visit or find us on Twitter or Facebook.

For additional information on sponsor packages, please contact Shakon Turner,
Director of Development, at 813-362-1455 or

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)'s goal is to
enhance the stature of the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice
industry comprises 960,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce
of nearly 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest
employers. The NRAEF's focus is to attract, develop and retain a
career-oriented professional workforce and to create a more positive business
climate for the restaurant industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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