The cooler weather in Texas brought hot times for the Carino's Foundation's charity golf. Our restaurant managers, vendors and partners got together at the Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop, Texas where we crowned our vendor of the year, Tysons Chicken. This year's event was a huge success - we raised over $347,000 for the Foundation that will go to charities all across the country in the coming year. One of those charities we have been lucky to work with, American Youth Works, was on hand and represented by Judge Charles Webb and David Clauss who both told us about the background and history of American Youth Works, and all the great things they were doing to transform the lives of at-risk youth through education and service, and work.
Those of you that follow our efforts know how involved we are with Autism Speaks, and the great programs we do with them throughout April and the summer months. Last month we continued that tradition in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with the Walk Now for Autism Speaks. One of the things I am most proud of is how our leaders and staff within the local restaurants get engaged with our community efforts and this year's walk was no different. Over 10,000 participants walked in this year's walk and as a Corporate Sponsor, our 10 locations across the DFW area were proud to be the official Team Captain packet pick up location so we were able to see first hand the enthusiasm and energy that is generated for this event throughout the area. It was a great event and we look forward to many more years of partnership with this great organization.
Finally, during Veterans Day this year we were proud to partner with the Fisher House. The Fisher House provides a home away from home for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. This organization does so many great things for our veterans and active service members within and beyond our communities and we are so grateful for the work that they do.