For Immediate Release
April 7, 2020
MARTIGNETTI COMPANIES COMMITS $250K TO HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
TAUNTON, MA – Martignetti Companies, New England’s leading distributor of fine wines and spirits, has committed $250,000 in charitable contributions to both local and national organizations to support and assist restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Of the $250,000 contribution, $120,000 will be dispersed to both the local and national charitable organizations outlined below. The additional $130,000 has been pledged for disbursement among charities with meaningful missions to support hospitality workers.
The restaurant industry has experienced exceptional hardship, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The turmoil and unpredictability generated through COVID-19 has resulted in the closure of bars, restaurants, and venues throughout Massachusetts and New England. Martignetti Companies recognizes the importance of supporting the vital members of our industry most in need during this time both on a national and local level.
Locally, Martignetti Companies has donated $50,000 to The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports individuals from the restaurant industry who have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures. Also, Martignetti Companies donated $20,000 to The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Foundations’ Hospitality Employee Relief Fund, which was built by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) and the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation to support employees of the hospitality industry who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Nationally, Martignetti Companies has committed $50,000 to The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundations’, ‘Employee Relief Fund,’ which supports restaurant workers impacted by COVID19. This fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower, and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.
“The restaurant industry plays a vital role in our communities, providing us with a place to gather with friends and family,” Carmine Martignetti, Owner of Martignetti Companies emphasizes. “Their importance to our organization, as the face of the beverage industry to the consumer, cannot be understated. Each of the charities that we have selected has demonstrated their ability to immediately and effectively provide vital support to restaurant workers in our community. We are grateful to be able to support them in this time of need.”
About Martignetti Companies:
Established in 1908, Martignetti Companies has grown to become the leading distributor of wine and spirits in New England and the 7th largest in the country. Based in Taunton, Massachusetts, Martignetti Companies currently has direct sales operations in five New England markets: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Additionally, it has a national presence through its’ import company, Vision Wine & Spirits. For more information, visit Martignetti.com.
Name: Mary Lou Segreve
Organization: Martignetti Companies
Address: 500 John Hancock Road, Taunton, MA 02780
The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Foundations Hospitality Employee Relief Fund
The New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund (NHHERF) was built by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) and the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation to support employees of the hospitality industry who have been impacted by COVID-19. https://www.nhlra.com/new-hampshire-hospitality-employee-relief-fund.html #nhlra #nhflavors
The Greg Hill Foundation – Restaurant Strong Fund
Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation are bringing the successful Restaurant Strong Fund to 20 total states to aid the restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Following the success of the Massachusetts launch in mid-March, Samuel Adams is donating over $2,000,000 to kickstart funding in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.
There are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S., home to more than 15 million employees nationwide who are especially vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 closures.
During these unprecedented times when many establishments are forced to close their doors for the greater good of our community, Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation recognize those who will take the biggest hit and offer our support. We stand with and want to extend a toast to the restaurant workers who have had our backs for so many years, from serving our favorite beverages to celebrating life’s most memorable moments with us. www. restaurantstrong.org #ghf #greghillfoundation #martignetti #restaurantstrongfund #restaurant #restaurants #covid19 #coronavirus #quarentine #helpushelpothers
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers. weblink (RERF.US), #NRAEF, and #RaiseTheRERF.