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BGCCM and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Higher Education

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi today announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the BGCCM to increase their promotion of post-secondary educational interests and college readiness of their Club members.


Darden's Red Lobster, Olive Garden and  Long Horn Steakhouse joined locally to award BGCCM the grant.  Darden Foundation Restaurants, those named and Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V's, will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden's three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.


"When Long Horn Steakhouse opened in Flowood, they choose us as their charity for their opening night festivities. This grant continues the partnership that Long Horn started locally," says Billy Redd, Pres./CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. "It's a pleasure to have that long-tem, ongoing support  with The Darden family of restaurants."


"Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities," said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants' president and chief operating officer. "We're all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard."


For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi was founded in 1936 and oversees four facilities in Central Mississippi with three clubs in Jackson, one club in Canton and a youth camp in Hazlehurst. Annually, more than 2,200 youth attend the clubs and spend about 750,000 hours participating in programs focused on 5 Core Areas of Youth Development: Character and Leadership, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

1450 West Capitol Street
P.O. Box 3194
Jackson, Mississippi 39207

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