Proceeds from Cheers to Hospitality benefit the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on changing lives through hospitality, for people from all backgrounds, with training, education, and pathways to opportunity.

Scholarship Recipient

The Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 950+ bright and talented students pursuing a degree in the food and hospitality industry. These scholarships make a meaningful difference—and are an investment in the industry’s future leaders.

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Wisconsin ProStart® Program
A high school culinary arts and hospitality management curriculum that ignites students’ passion for the restaurant industry. Wisconsin ProStart is offered in 115+ high schools, training more than 10,000 students annually. It empowers students through training, mentorships, networking, competition and experiential learning opportunities. 

ProStart Management Team
Wisconsin ProStart® Invitational
A popular, intense and high-stakes competition where students showcase their culinary talents and management knowledge and receive feedback from the industry’s top professionals. The state culinary and management champions represent Wisconsin at the National ProStart Invitational where they compete against their peers from other states.
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ProStart® Career & Industry Expos
One day field trips that blend a fun day of student learning and career exploration, introducing students to the vibrant hospitality industry. Each expo features behind-the-scenes venue operation tours, a career exploration pavilion showcasing diverse employers, a culinary demonstration and skills lab, a job readiness center, and networking opportunities with industry leaders.