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WRA Awards Gala 2018
Same Celebration. All New Experience!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception ~ 6:30 pm Dinner and Program

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Stylish Space
Experience a State of the Art venue, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.
Streamlined programming coincides with this all-new dining experience, accessible from MFE by skywalk.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Atrium & Ballroom • 333 W Kilbourn Ave 

Exquisite Cuisine
Enjoy distinctive flavor combinations, colorful ingredients, unique presentation and tantalizing aromas.

Celebrate the year’s foodservice industry accomplishments as you enjoy exceptional cuisine - hot and cold shellfish bar, carving stations, elegant macaroni and cheese and more.

If you have food allergies or have special dietary requirements, please call WRA at 608.270.9950 at least 7 days prior to the event.

Reserve your place early to guarantee prime seating; advanced reservations are required for the WRA Awards Gala. Semi-formal attire is recommended for this celebratory evening.

Reservations are $100 per person
Proceeds benefit the non-profit WRA Education Foundation

Honoring Restaurateurs
Celebrate our industry’s accomplishments as we honor outstanding restaurateurs from across Wisconsin and reveal the prestigious Restaurateur of the Year.

2018 Award Winners

State Restaurateur of the Year
Surprise announcement at the gala

Award of Merit
Joe & Jennifer Bartolotta, Bartolotta Restaurants

Chapter Hero Award
Dewey Rohm, Reinhart Food Service

Chapter Outstanding Restaurateurs of the Year (OROYs)

Big Four Chapter
Lisa Natrop
Prime Steer Supper Club

Milwaukee Chapter
Omar Shaikh
SURG Restaurant Group

South Central Chapter
Tom & Jane Heller
Monk’s Bar & Grill

Supporting Education
This prestigious event would not be possible without the generosity of individual restaurateurs, organizations and supplier companies. We thank you for your support.

2018's Major Sponsors
Society Insurance logo

Awards Dinner sponsors are prominently showcased and receive generous recognition for their support of WRA Education Foundation programs and the industry’s future.

Gold Sponsors
$5,000 contribution

  • Special recognition by the evening’s emcee
  • Logo showcased on its own event presentation slide
  • Large logo in Awards Dinner event program
  • Logo appears on every table sign
  • Logo featured in Wisconsin Restaurant Expo show program
  • Six complimentary reservations

Silver Sponsors
$2,500 contribution

  • Logo prominently showcased on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name appears on every table sign
  • Four complimentary reservations

Bronze Sponsors
$1,000 contribution

  • Company name on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name on two table signs
  • Four complimentary reservations ($400 value)

Table Sponsor
$500 contribution

  • Company name on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name on your own table sign
  • Two complimentary reservations ($200 value)

Because the WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, part or all of your donations may be considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution for income tax purposes.

Contact Carrie Douglas at cdouglas@wirestaurant.org or 800.589.3211 for more information on tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities for the Elegant Awards Dinner.

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The WRA Education Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

To support the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a tax-deductible charitable contribution, contact Connie Fedor at 800.589.3211 or pledge your support online.

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