Created by the NRA in partnership with American Express and PepsiCo, the Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants and individuals that exemplify the industry's philanthropic spirit. In 2014, Carmine's on Penn was awarded this prestigious honor. We're proud to recognize the spirit of community and giving back that Carmine's on Penn has shown. Restaurants are a vital part of our communities. The generous spirit in which the employees of Carmine's serve their community through their restaurant positively impacts the quality of life for many.
Read on for a few highlights of their philanthropic efforts.
This year Carmine's hosted their fourth annual dinner to support The Delores Project which provides safe and comfortable shelter and services for homeless women in Denver. 30 shelter guests were served and over $8,500 was raised at the dinner. During the past four years the total funds raised from these annual dinners exceed $25,000.
Carmine's is also active in the community through supporting PlatteForum, an award-winning and innovative nonprofit arts, youth-development, and urban artist-in-residence program in Denver that teams underserved youth (K-12) from around the Denver metropolitan area with contemporary master artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning environments. Carmine's sponsored the PlatteForum's annual "Un-gala" event by donating $5,000 in catering. They also held a fundraiser at the restaurant, serving 30 participants delicious food and providing the opportunity to purchase art. 100 percent of the ticket price and art proceeds were donated to PlatteForum.
Other charitable contributions made by the Carmine's team include being a Gold Sponsor ($10,000) of BizBash to benefit local children's charities; hosting a dinner for the Washington Park Montessori School, raising funds for Project Angel Heart, and numerous occasions where Carmine's staff donated their time, wages and gratuity for fundraising dinners.