Washington restaurant owner, Russell Brent, awarded by national association for his great community contributions

Washington restaurant owner, Russell Brent, awarded by national association for his great community contributions

On June 26, WRA member Russell Brent, owner of the Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground, accepted the Cornerstone Humanitarian award from the National Restaurant Association.

The Cornerstone Humanitarian honors a specific individual for his or her personal commitment to community service. Unlike other awards given by the association, this award isn’t given to a restaurant but a person and only one person, per state can receive the award.

“I am honored to be recognized for serving this great community by the National Restaurant Association,” said Brent. “It is so rewarding to help those in need and I’m happy to work in an industry where I can do that. My current focus is to improve hunger relief. I will be continuing to look for partners to help solve this issue.”

Brent was nominated by three community members: Jeff Lann, Executive Director of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind; Diana Smith, Battle Ground Rotary; and Gilda Ciraulo, Executive Director of the Rocksolid Community Teen Center.

The nominators each had amazing stories about how the restaurateur helped his community in remarkable ways. Some examples include when Brent hosted a piano for the school for the blind and donated a $1,000 to the organization, helped the teen center raise $40,000 for its afterschool programs and regularly donates gift certificates to his local Rotary group.
WRA CEO, Anthony Anton, was there to give Brent the award, “We are so pleased to give Russell Brent this award,” said Anton. “He is a perfect example of how restaurants serve their neighborhoods and our state. Restaurants not only help their employees move upward they unite people and provide immeasurable value to their community.”

Currently, Brent is working with the local food bank, Community Garden, Meals on Wheels, and Rocksolid Community Teen Center to serve those in need. He is planning a year-long campaign to make a difference for hunger relief and said he encourages others get more involved in missions in their area.

For more information on the Cornerstone Humanitarian award you can visit: www.nraef.org/Build-Talent/Industry-Awards. You can also visit the Mill Creek Pub and see the work Brent is doing in person, to find more information visit the restaurant website at: www.millcreekpub.com.

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