As a longstanding and iconic American brand for more than 70 years, Shoney’s is proud to stand for American values every day. That’s why we recently put that ethos to work we hosted more than 100 at-risk youth and put them face-to-face and hand-in-hand with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at its Dinner for Hope – Inspiring Nashville Youth Event.

Following a blue light escort by the MNPD, the boys from Backfield in Motion enjoyed the All You Care to Eat, Freshly Prepared Food Bar at Shoney’s with Nashville’s finest men and women in blue.

“For many of our area’s at-risk youth, their first experience with police and blue lights is watching someone being taken to jail,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Mr. David Davoudpour. “We wanted to change that and what better way than to provide a blue-light police bus escort to Shoney’s. These young boys are our future and it is in the community’s best interest to teach them that the police are our friends, our neighbors and our protectors. They are not to be feared and we showed them that together we can build safer and stronger communities.”

Read more about this event here.

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Shoney’s Initiative Benefitting the Boy Scouts of America® Learning for Life Navigators Program Has Provided 176 Scholarships Since 2006

 

Nashville, TN   Shoney’s makes a difference in the communities it serves every day. Through its sponsorship of a unique scholarship program benefiting the Boy Scouts of America’s Navigators program, the Shoney’s initiative has awarded $536,000 changing lives through 176 scholarships, including ten to Metro Nashville Public School students recently equaling $46,000, for promising high school students in at-risk communities.

 

The scholarships, administered by the Boy Scouts and sponsored by Shoney’s, is a part of a program for MNPS high school young men and women whose goal is to provide in-school college prep programs culminating with an opportunity to receive a college scholarship.

 

The Navigators program is managed through the AVID class. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

 

Through the generosity of Shoney’s and its service and vendor partners since 2006, scholarships have been provided to those who have shown an ability to achieve success while overcoming significant personal obstacles and challenges. The Boy Scouts of America’s Navigators Program honors deserving young achievers by giving them the opportunity to learn more about their future career options and aiding them in developing their personal occupational paths.

 

Deadrick Thaxton and Juan Gipson, who represented Shoney’s, was joined by Boy Scout representatives: Larry Brown, Scout Executive; Vance Lackey, Director of Field Service; and Marah Vogt, Exploring Executive.

 

“We are honored to be a partner of AVID. In 2004, Shoney’s and the Boy Scouts formed the Navigators Scholarship program,” said Thaxton. “Our goal was to provide guidance and financial support for AVID students to prepare for their future in college. The first scholarships were given out in 2008, and after today we will have provided 179 students with $536,500 in scholarship funds.”

 

The following recipients received a one year $1,000 scholarship:

  • Lauren Reese
  • Merna Sadek
  • Karoleen Said
  • Marina Abdelnour

Others were awarded a $4,000 scholarship which will be paid over four years:

  • Nitya Bhatt
  • Jordan Scales
  • Nardeen Fayik

Several recipients received the top scholarship of $10,000 payable over four years:

  • Maria Farg
  • Dina Mikaiel
  • Nanch Abdo

“Shoney’s scholarship recipients live by a philosophy of determination,” said Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davidpour. “They inspire others to excel and give us hope and confidence in our future. Shoney’s is very excited to continue our partnership with Boy Scouts of America to make dreams a reality for some very deserving future leaders.”

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The Shoney’s 7th annual 5k Family Walk & Run raised $17k for the Nashville Police Department. “Shoney’s is absolutely committed to Nashville and the men and women who keep our city safe,” said Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour. “We are thrilled to continue sponsoring this premier event that unites families and runners from across the region as we raise money for the Nashville Police Support Fund.” Read more.

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The chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Shoney’s Companies, David Davoudpour, personally sponsored the “My Future, My Way” Career Fair in Nashville. He was joined by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Interim Director Chris Henson, Congressman Jim Cooper, Rita McDonald, , Director of Community & Business Engagement with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry at the Nashville’s Music City Center.  More than 6,800 high school freshmen attended the 2015 “My Future, My Way” Career Fair.
The fair was launched in 2009 through a joint partnership by MNPS and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Academies of Nashville initiative in Metro’s 12 zoned high schools. This year, 21 public and charter schools participated in the event to help their students learn about career opportunities from more nearly 120 exhibitors and area business representatives.

“I’m happy to continue our participation for the 5th consecutive year in the ‘My Future-My Way Career Exploration Fair,” said Davoudpour. “This event exposes high school freshmen to vocations and professions available in Middle Tennessee for the purpose of helping them choose opportunities of interest to them. This experience should motivate each student to start along a positive and sustainable path, both in school and beyond, to achieve his or her career goals.”

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