Houston Restaurant Weeks 2016 Announces Record Breaking Results
Houston Restaurant Weeks 2016 Donation Commitment to Houston Food Bank Breaks All-Time Record
Over $2 million raised in 2016
Houston, TX, January 11, 2017 – Houston Restaurant Weeks (HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com) today announced at a press conference its record-breaking results from their 2016 five-week-long fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank. HRW founder Cleverley Stone was joined by Houston Food Bank representatives, participating chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors in revealing the $2,015,157.77 donation commitment to benefit Houston Food Bank. This will generate 6,045,473 meals by the Houston Food Bank for those who are food insecure in our community.
Founded in 2003 by Houston radio and TV personality, and volunteer Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised more than $9.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, making it the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.
Houston Restaurant Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 36 days, diners enjoyed specially priced multi-course prix-fixe menus at 274 participating restaurants. Participating restaurants made donations to the Food Bank based upon their HRW sales. See the top ten Houston Restaurant Weeks 2016 donors below:
Top Ten HRW 2016 Donors to the Houston Food Bank
1. B&B Butchers and Restaurant
2. Peli Peli - Galleria
3. Brennan’s of Houston
4. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
6. The Capital Grille - CityCentre
7. Americas - River Oaks
8. Del Frisco’s Grille - Houston
9. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
10. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood - CityCentre
“What started as an idea in 2003 to raise money for the Houston Food Bank has happily become a citywide marriage of food and fundraising. It’s a win-win-win. The restaurants, Houstonians who enjoy dining out and the Houston Food Bank all look forward to HRW each year. I give my heartfelt thanks for the extraordinary efforts by participating restaurants, the sponsors and volunteers who all donate their resources, time and money to make HRW happen every year. And thank you to the diners for patronizing HRW restaurants in August. Without all of you there would be no HRW,” said Houston Restaurant Weeks founder, Cleverley Stone.
“Because Cleverley is selfless in donating five months of her time each year to Houston Restaurant Weeks along with other volunteers, 100% of donations from Houston Restaurant Weeks come directly to the Houston Food Bank to feed hungry people,” said Houston Food Bank’s president and CEO Brian Greene. “It’s an amazing endeavor by an extraordinary individual who understands that food is essential to the health and wellbeing of all children, seniors and adults in our community. We are grateful for Cleverley’s compassion and longstanding commitment to hunger relief.”
About Houston Restaurant Weeks’ Founder
Houston Restaurant Weeks was established in 2003 by restaurant correspondent and volunteer philanthropist Cleverley Stone, host of “The Cleverley Show,” a talk show about food, wine and dining on CBS Sports Radio 650/KIKK-AM and contributor to Fox 26/KRIV Morning News in Houston. To date, the event has raised over $9.6 million to fight hunger in Houston, providing almost 29 million meals for those who are food insecure. For event information, email her at: cleverley@HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com.
Event web site: www.HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com
Personal web site: www.cleverley.com
About the Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste, nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015. The largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals each year through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the 308,000 square-foot warehouse at 535 Portwall Street, Houston, Texas, and meals for kids are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Web site: www.HoustonFoodBank.org
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/houstonfoodbank
Melissa Stevens / Nicole Kornhauser