Support the Foundation

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It is the mission of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation to provide educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Your contributions benefit not only talented and dedicated students, but also the restaurant and hospitality industry as a whole.

Support the Foundation

Below is an example of how your donations go to work for TRAEF:

  • Student Scholarships
  • Workforce Development
  • Mentorship Program
  • Educational Programming
  • Industry Connections

For more information, take a look at our full list of Programs & Initiatives.

Become a Sustaining Partner

TRAEF’s Sustaining Partners allow the nation’s largest SRA Education Foundation to achieve its strategic goals and promote its mission throughout the industry. Your investment in TRAEF also fosters business development opportunities, brand marketing, and philanthropy, while impacting thousands of lives and empowering a strong workforce. There are many exciting and innovative ways to engage with TRAEF and we are looking forward to welcoming you.

View TRAEF Partnership Opportunities



President's Circle

The President’s Circle is an endowment for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Members of the President’s Circle are the Foundation’s highest donors and are fully committed to its sustainability. Endowment gifts are designated for educational programming and workforce development opportunities produced by the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation and that impact tens of thousands of lives each year.

A skilled workforce is essential to our economy and when industry and education work together, it creates a direct path to employment for Texans. The Texas Restaurant Association and the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation have long recognized the importance of workforce development for our industry. We are heavily invested in supporting educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Partners have a direct impact on the success of our programs and their ongoing development.

Thank you to our current President's Circle Donors:

Chef Steve DeShazo
Roger Kaplan
David Cea
Chef Charles Duit
Chef Sharon Van Meter
Jessica Delgado
Nikky Phinyawatana
Jimmy Hasslocher
In Memory of G. Jim Hasslocher
Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
TRA Chapter - Rio Grande Valley
Carmelo Mauro
Greater Austin Restaurant Association
TRA Chapter - San Angelo
Clair and William Hyde, Junior
East Texas Chapter
Ashley Rosenfeld
Mary Jane Sampson