A big restaurant company with an even bigger heart for helping receives Restaurant Neighbor Award

A big restaurant company with an even bigger heart for helping receives Restaurant Neighbor Award

Locally, both large and small restaurants serve their community. Perhaps it’s just a rare element of Northwest culture; but no establishments have deeper community roots than restaurants.  Today, a giant in the industry is being recognized for the ways it gives back.

Tom Cook, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., who owns Pacific Bells, Inc., was awarded the Washington Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award. Over the past four years, Cook and local teams have given more than $230,000 to Lines for Life, a Portland organization that helps at-risk teens. His multi-state Taco Bell franchise gave more than $140,000 to the Boys & Girls Club and with other franchisees, committed to an additional $1 million gift to the club. Moreover, Pacific Bells donated more than $182,000 to their Teens Scholarship Fund, which provides disadvantaged teens with higher education.

Anthony Anton, CEO of the Washington Restaurant Association, was pleased to give the award to Tom Cook at the Deschutes Brewery and Public House during the Live Mas Give Mas charitable fundraiser.

“Pacific Bells, Inc., demonstrates how restaurants get people moving upward,” said Anton. “Like many of our larger members, not only do they contribute entry level jobs,  give funding for education and support our youth; they also provide for those in the community that need a hand-up when times are hard. Restaurants are the diplomats of service to the greater good in the Northwest. Pacific Bells is an example of how here, even large corporate restaurants care about and help the community.”

Each year, the Restaurant Neighbor Award is presented to a small business, a mid-size restaurant company and a large/national chain for their work in the community. Pacific Bells won in the large category

“At Pacific Bells, good corporate citizenship is a core value,” said Cook.  “We strongly believe it is an honor and privilege to be of service to the communities in which we work and live. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have achieved some measure of success in life have an obligation to share…to give back where there is need…and an opportunity to make a real difference.”

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