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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2012

WRA Education Foundation Announces Salute to Excellence Awards

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the following Salute to Excellence winners:

Chef
Chef John Balistrieri
Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton
Read more on Chef Balistrieri

College Educator
Chef John Johnson, CEC, CCE, ACE
Madison College, Madison
Read more on Chef Johnson

High School Educator
Glenda McCracken
Orfordville Parkview High School, Orfordville
Read more on Glenda McCracken

Restaurateur
Bruce Wolf, FMP, CMA
Rock Garden Conference Center, Green Bay
Read more on Bruce Wolf

Supplier
Heartland Payment Systems
Locations across Wisconsin
Read more on Heartland Payment Systems

ProStart® Mentor of the Year
Ed Klinger
Moose Inn Supper Club & Catering, Wautoma
Read more on Ed Klinger

These individuals are being honored for their dedication to foodservice education and commitment to moving the industry forward.  They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards were presented at the 2012 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 14 at The Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil’s Grille in Wisconsin Dells.  More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

 
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