The Greater Houston Community Foundation

The Greater Houston Community Foundation is dedicated to expanding philanthropic impact in Houston and its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund continues to carry out ongoing relief efforts for the city. Presenting a check to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on behalf of HMSHost Foundation are HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi and The Houston 8 Team LLC including Lynden Rose, Gerald Womack; and Cindy Clifford.


On behalf of HMSHost Foundation, Rich Bennett, Vice President of Operations, HMSHost, along with representatives of HMSHost and Westfield, presented a grant to Zaid Gayle, Executive Director Peace4Kids. The grant was made to support the culinary arts training program administered by Peace4Kids for transitioning-aged foster care youth who live in South Los Angeles. Youth in Peace4Kids programs gain access to healthy meals, mentorship opportunities, school supplies, and leadership development resources.


Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE supports the children of food and beverage employees who are navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions. Since 2004 CORE has raised over $2 million and supported 165 children across 95 families. In 2016 alone CORE supported 55 children and raised over $400,000.

Just one example of this is Pam Burnett’s story, an HMSHost Starbucks employee at Albany


Grace Mar Services’ mission is to provide education, counseling and professional networks to displaced workers, minorities and low to moderate income families in the areas of financial literacy, job readiness/placement and self-empowerment.

“As a member of the Jobs Plus Program, Grace-Mar has given me many opportunities and has opened many doors for me. The Jobs Plus Program introduced me to Grace-Mar through employment specialist Ms. Sophie. Grace-Mar gave me a chance to obtain full time employment with HMSHost at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. I am very grateful to

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