Friday, March 9, 2012

On behalf of the Dallas Region of the American Jewish Committee

Philip J. Romano

On behalf of the Dallas Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), we invite you to join us as we honor entrepreneur and philanthropist, Philip J. Romano, with the prestigious AJC Human Relations Award. The event will begin at 6 pm on the evening of Thursday, March 29, at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will present the award that evening and celebrate Mr. Romano’s commitment to his community and fellow citizens in need.

From Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Fuddruckers to eatZi’s Market & Bakery and Nick and Sam’s, Philip Romano has created some of the most popular restaurant brands in the country. His successful concepts have been recognized nationally, and he has been named to lists of the top 100 most innovative and inspiring restaurateurs.

In addition to his achievements in the restaurant world, Mr. Romano was also one of the original investors in the Palmer-Schatz cardiovascular device, a heart stent that has saved millions of lives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and is a recognized painter with abstract paintings currently on display at Samuel Lynne Galleries.

This year, AJC will shine a light on a humanitarian initiative Mr. Romano founded with his wife Lillie to help feed the less fortunate in North Texas. In 2000, the Romanos founded Hunger Busters, an organization dedicated to feeding Dallas’ homeless. To reach hungry residents, Hunger Busters mobilized a food-delivery truck to create one of the first soup kitchens on wheels serving the city. In 2007, Mr. Romano expanded the organization’s efforts to launch the Feed the Need After-School Program, which provides 160,000 after-school meals each year to local students at 11 DISD schools in South Dallas & West Dallas.

Mr. Romano’s entrepreneurial spirit and his long-standing commitment to the betterment of humanity make him a worthy recipient of this prestigious award. AJC, the premier global Jewish advocacy organization, is committed to protecting human rights around the world and uses diplomacy, political advocacy and media outreach to further this mission.

We hope you will join us as a sponsor for this unforgettable evening to both honor Philip Romano and fund the critical work of AJC. Enclosed is sponsorship information for your consideration. If you are able to participate, complete the enclosed form and return it to the Dallas office. Please contact Anna Popp, AJC Dallas Regional Office Director, at 972.387.2943 with any questions.

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