SAY YES GUILFORD Contact: Donnie Turlington
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-991-7711
Quaintance-Weaver Pledges Partnership with Say Yes Guilford
GREENSBORO, NC (April 14, 2016) – Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, which manages O. Henry and Proximity Hotels and operates the Green Valley Grill, Print Works Bistro and Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, has made a $62,500 underwriting pledge to Say Yes Guilford. This underwriting will allow Say Yes Guilford – the community-wide partnership that provides college and other postsecondary scholarships, as well as academic and non-academic support services, to Guilford County Schools’ students and graduates – to use Quaintance-Weaver hotels and restaurants to further the growth of Say Yes to Education in Guilford County.
Over the next three years of this partnership, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels will offset expenses Say Yes Guilford and the Say Yes national organization would have otherwise incurred as they seek to advance the objectives of Say Yes in Guilford County as well as strengthen the relationship between Say Yes and its various local stakeholders. Say Yes might, for example, use the underwriting to provide overnight lodging for education experts and others traveling from out of town to work with community members on the Say Yes Guilford project, or for local appreciation events for Say Yes volunteers, donors and Guilford County Schools’ students.
Nancy King Quaintance of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels says, “We are hopeful that our underwriting might inspire other area businesses to find creative ways to support the extraordinary, exciting efforts of Say Yes. At the end of the day, we hope Say Yes Guilford can leverage this gift to return an even greater value to Say Yes to Education than the face value of our pledge.”
Say Yes Guilford Executive Director Mary Vigue hopes the partnership is the first of many between Say Yes and businesses in the community. “We could not be more proud of our partnership with Quaintance-Weaver, a leader within the hospitality industry in Guilford County,” says Vigue. “We have long considered Dennis and Nancy King Quaintance to be visionaries in our community, and Say Yes Guilford is seeking partners like them who want to positively shape the future of our community. Hopefully, there are others in our business community who have the same desires and who see us as a conduit to the success they seek.”
Gene Chasin, the Chief Operating Officer of the Say Yes National organization, adds: “We are grateful to the entire team at Quaintance-Weaver. Their generosity will help us bring to Guilford County academic and other professionals drawn from across the country who can support and enhance the efforts of the Say Yes Guilford community partnership, as well as provide meeting and celebratory spaces for students and other community members at key moments in the process of building Say Yes’ first chapter outside the Northeast.”
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About Say Yes Guilford
Say Yes to Education Guilford was formally announced on September 17, 2015. Guilford County vied with more than two dozen mid-sized cities and counties throughout the United States to become the next community partner for Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national nonprofit based in New York. Say Yes to Education Guilford seeks to help Guilford County Schools system students get the support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. This support starts with the youngest learners and continues until students graduate from college or postsecondary programs. In addition, the program provides “last-dollar” tuition and other postsecondary scholarships to eligible Guilford County Schools graduates so they can afford to complete college or a postsecondary certificate. For more information, visit www.SayYesGuilford.org.
About Say Yes National
Say Yes to Education was founded in 1987 by money manager George Weiss, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who boldly promised 112 sixth graders at a Philadelphia public school that he would pay to send them to college if they graduated high school. In the years since, Say Yes has evolved into a national nonprofit that helps organize and galvanize entire communities around the goals of every public school student not only graduating high school – but doing so prepared for a college or other postsecondary education, and with access to scholarships to make that education affordable. The organization works with nearly 140,000 public school students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Most are in communitywide chapters in the upstate New York cities of Syracuse (since 2008) and Buffalo (2012). More than 6,000 students have gone off to college with the support of Say Yes, most in the last three years. The organization announced the addition of its newest chapter, in Guilford County, North Carolina, which includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, on September 17, 2015. The organization, which has already begun the screening process as it considers potential sites for its fourth community chapter, has smaller chapters in Harlem and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.SayYestoEducation.org.