Stamford Boys & Girls Club, Darden Restaurants Help At-Risk Teens

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The Boys and Girls Club will receive a $1,000 grant from the Darden Restaurants.
The Boys and Girls Club will receive a $1,000 grant from the Darden Restaurants. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford is partnering with Darden Restaurants to help serve at-risk teens in Stamford. 

The Boys and Girls Club announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc. The grants program empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.

The donation will support the Boys and Girls Club’s goal of preparing 40 low-income teens for a successful four year high school degree, representatives said in a release. 

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program.

“This grant from the Darden Restaurants Foundation is a tremendous example of their commitment to help non- profits provide important educational programs for our at-risk youth,” said Michael Cotela, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford. “Darden’s support will enable us to provide crucial services that will guide our teens to a four year high school diploma and prepare them for a successful future.”

Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer, said the group wanted to do more for the area. 

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” Lee said. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford’s Diplomas to Degrees program "provides the necessary foundation of academic support, life skills training and leadership development that will enable these teens to successfully complete high school and then focus on the path to a productive future," representatives said in the release. 

For more information about the Darden Foundation, residents are asked to visit the Darden Foundation website.

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