BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AND DARDEN RESTAURANTS PARTNER TO ADVANCE MENTORING

Big Brothers Big Sisters & Darden Restaurants Partner to
Advance Mentoring 

Grant is one of more than 850 awarded through Darden’s 2nd annual Restaurant Community Grants program

Las Vegas, Nevada  – April  1, 2013 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern NV today announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable [organization]’s project to [description of project funded by grant, number/demographic of individuals reached or expected impact].

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.  The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.

“This generous grant from Darden Restaurants will directly support our site-based mentoring programs at eight Clark County elementary schools and four Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas locations,” said Molly Latham, Big Brothers Big Sisters chief executive officer.  “Our after-school mentoring programs serve to support youth towards successful high school graduation.  We are very proud to be a Darden Restaurant Community Grant recipient.” 
 
“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.” 

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. For additional information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada please visit www.bbbsn.org.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada 
Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We support more than 400 volunteer mentors across three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the DREAMR Project, mentoring teens in foster care. 

About Darden Restaurants 
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants that generate over $8.0 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 190,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2013, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit, www.darden.com.

 
The Darden Foundation 
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants, with $7.2 million given in fiscal year 2012. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants. For more information, please visit, www.dardenfoundation.com.

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