Many people are aware of the great work that the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation does within in the area. Many are also aware of the great work and innovative approach of Fork in The Road restaurant.
Now we are brining these two amazing organisations together in a project called CEO Eat Out!
Award-winning Teesside business Sound Training is set to take over a local restaurant as a charity fundraiser – and is throwing down the gauntlet to other local firms to try to raise more with similar events.
Members of the Middlesbrough-based company’s team will spend a night behind the bar, front of house and helping out in the kitchen at charity restaurant The Fork in the Road.
The CEO Eat Out is the brainchild of Sound Training’s CEO Claire Preston, as an alternative to the CEO Sleepout.
“The idea came to me when I was approached to take part in this year’s local CEO Sleepout at Preston Park Museum,” explained Claire, whose company deliver Lexonik, an innovative teaching programme across the UK as well as parts of the USA and the Middle East.
“While I’m happy to do it to raise awareness of such an important issue, having already taken part in three sleepout events, I’m conscious that I’m tapping into the same sources of sponsorship each time.
“This is an alternative fundraiser for the same worthy cause, but capitalising on my experience within the hospitality trade, my fellow director Katy Parkinson’s past career as a home economics teacher and passionate cook – and our general love of food!”
Claire and Katy will lead a small team of Sound Training staff who will work alongside Fork in the Road staff to serve food and drinks to invited guests including friends, family and business contacts.
Claire added: “We’re looking to create a staff team event with a difference – one that acts as a force for good, engages with the local community and creates a real sense of fun.
“We hope to create a template for other local businesses to follow in partnership with The Fork in the Road. Other local firms are already looking to follow suit, so we’re excited about the potential for CEO Eat Out.
“Some are talking about this as the perfect alterative Christmas party. I wonder how many managers would be willing to serve food and drink to staff for the night!
“Hopefully, there’ll be competition between businesses to see who can generate the most one-night income for The Fork in the Road, helping to create even more opportunities for those who most need a second career chance.
Sound Training’s CEO Eat Out takes place on Friday September 28. Anyone who would like to attend can contact The Fork in the Road directly to book a table. Normal prices will be in place on the night, while there’ll be various fundraising activities.
To read more about how to get involved in CEO Eat Out as a company or individual, visit the website here: http://ceoeatout.com/