February 18 2019  |  Retailers

HMSHost donation helps improve education access for schoolchildren

By Hibah Noor


Pictured from left to right are Step Up For Students Vice President of Development Anne Francis, HMSHost Senior Manager Communications & Public Relations Sean Matthews, Step Up For Students CFO Joe Pfountz, HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price, and Stinfil Enterprises (a partner of HMSHost) CEO Gus Stinfil

In a bid to boost the quality of education for Florida’s youth, global restaurateur HMSHost has contributed US$500,000 to a scholarship program for lower-income students.

Step Up For Students, a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization, serves nearly 100,000 students for the 2018-19 school year.

HMSHost’s contribution to its scholarship program helps eligible students throughout Florida access education options to meet their learning need.

The company attended Step Up’s annual Rising Star Awards ceremony in Miami-Dade County on February 6 at Hope Academy to celebrate the outstanding Step Up scholars.

Said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson: “HMSHost, as a leader in business and an active community member in cities all over Florida where we operate restaurants in airports, understands how important it is to support continuing the growth and development of our neighbors and fellow citizens.

“We are proud to help make this investment in the education of Florida’s youth and thank the Step Up For Students organization for the great partnership and opportunity to have a bigger impact in the community by providing scholarships to those that need it most.”

HMSHost’s US$500,000 contribution funds 74 scholarships. Over the last three years, HMSHost has contributed US$1.4 million, the equivalent of 217 scholarships.

HMSHost’s network spans the state of Florida, where 2,600 HMSHost associates operate restaurants and serve the traveling public in over 128 restaurants and cafés in nine of Florida’s major airports.

Brand News

March 18 2019

L’Oréal Group travel retail sales…

L’Oréal Group exceeded €2 billion (US$2.3 billion) in sales in the travel retail market last year, with its brands continuing…

By Hibah Noor

March 18 2019

William Grant brings an air of…

William Grant & Sons returns to the Summit of the Americas having recorded healthy growth in the region in 2018 (Booth number:…

By Mary Jane Pittilla

March 18 2019

Bottega to showcase best-sellers…

Italian winery and distillery Bottega will showcase its products for the travel retail sector at WTCE, the event dedicated…

By Mary Jane Pittilla

March 18 2019

Imperial promotes new vaping brand…

Imperial Brands Global Duty Free & Export is introducing its next-generation vaping brand myblu at the upcoming Summit of…

By Mary Jane Pittilla

March 18 2019

Godiva gets a taste for growth…

Belgian chocolatier Godiva will focus on the key pillars of its growth plan during the Summit…

By Jas Ryat

March 18 2019

Furla nets $585m annual sales as…

Italian leather goods company Furla Group increased its turnover by 5% to €513 million (US$585 million) in 2018

By Hibah Noor

March 18 2019

Desigual introduces new travel…

Spanish fashion brand Desigual has developed a new type of furniture for travel retail

By Hibah Noor

March 15 2019

Moroccanoil launches first travel…

Moroccanoil, the leader in oil-infused beauty products, has debuted its first travel retail pop-up shop at Amsterdam Schiphol…

By Hibah Noor

March 15 2019

Concha y Toro unveils first travel…

Viña Concha y Toro S.A., Latin America’s leading wine producer and one of the world’s top five wine companies, has unveiled…

By Jas Ryat

Copyright 2019 DutyFree Magazine. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy Sitemap