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Greater Houston Restaurant Association Hosts Successful Annual Golf Tournament

More Than $40,000 Raised for Scholarships to Benefit Restaurateurs of Tomorrow


Houston, TX-May 9, 2007—Members of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) had a swinging good time on Monday, April 30, as they attended and participated in GHRA’s Annual Golf Tournament at the Kingwood Country Club. A change-of-pace from lunch hour rushes, restaurateurs made it in time for the 1:00p.m. shot gun start and went on putting until 6:30p.m.


An estimated 300 players took part in the enjoyable event. Participants entered the tournament for $200 person in an effort to raise funds for the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, the GHRA Scholarship Fund (including GHRA Culinary Arts Scholarship and GHRA Family Scholarship), the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation and other local deserving charities and culinary institutions.


The majority of funds raised for the GHRA and associated establishments came from several generous sponsors including the Hangman Corporation-Professional Kitchen Outfitters- who graciously donated as the Title Sponsor for the tournament. Other high-dollar sponsors included Sysco Food Services of Houston, Current Energy, Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Whataburger and DNC Travel.


In-kind sponsors included: Community Coffee, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dr Pepper/7-Up, Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Faust Distributing, Silver Eagle Distributors/Budweiser/Bud Light, Dylan Moore Marketing Design and Nestle Waters.


This year, the GHRA decided to “dish” out an assorted variety of savory items for its members rather than distributing sack lunches as done in the past. Eight restaurants across the greater Houston community showed support by hosting a tasting prior to the shot gun start.  Arandas Bakery, Brennan’s of Houston, Carino’s Italian Grill, CiCi’s Pizza, Hooter’s, Kolache Factory, Molina’s and Taqueria Arandas came together to form a “culinary club” for the tournament. Trey McHale from the Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Les Lemmons of CiCi’s Pizza also dedicated their time towards the event as Co-Chairs of the GHRA Golf Committee.


Carl Walker, president of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association said, “This year’s tournament was a huge success! It’s comforting to know that restaurants in the greater Houston area are committed to seeing the future of the Houston restaurant industry grow to even greater heights.” Director of the GHRA, Rene Zamore added, “We would like to express our gratitude to our student volunteers and member volunteers, the 2007 Golf Committee for their hard work and keen efforts and finally, to our sponsors, donors and players whose contributions have made it possible for the GHRA to continue to encourage Houston restaurateurs of today and tomorrow.”


Proud to be 1,200 members strong-and growing, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) serves as a strong foundation for restaurants to successfully establish and maintain their businesses. Founded in 1928, the GHRA consistently provides avenues for restaurateurs in the Greater Houston area to gain acknowledgment and awareness through educational programs, public awareness campaigns, special events and government affairs.  For more information regarding the GHRA visit: GHRA.com.