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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association is here to serve you.

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Support those impacted by COVID-19

The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, through its 501c3 foundation (Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association Educational Foundation/VRLTAEF) has formed a new industry relief fund to aid workers displaced by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns. 


The Virginia Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund will be providing direct cash support to workers that have been laid off due to the recent COVID19-related business downturn in Virginia. The VRLTAEF will be funding the new trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners. VRLTA has also partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to create a Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirt, and other merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Fund. Donations may be disbursed to organizations around the state which can connect the support to individuals, or, in some cases, made directly to affected individuals.


VRLTA is asking all of the industry’s suppliers, distributors, allied vendor partners, and other corporations to support the Fund. The restaurant and hospitality industries in Virginia are not only large employers, but also greatly contribute to the Commonwealth's economy.


All donations to the Fund are fully tax-deductible, subject to applicable laws and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. If you would like to direct your donation to a particular area, please reach out to marketing@vrlta.org for assistance.


Make a donation today!

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Join us March 30 - April 5 for Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Take Out Week!

To support Virginia's restaurant industry, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association is partnering with Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Take Out Week. 

Join fellow Virginians in showing our restaurants some love! If you're able, participate by ordering take out, delivery, or curbside pick up next week from your local restaurants. Share your experiences on social media with #VirginiaEatsLocal.

See a list of participating localities here.

We are also selling Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirts, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local relief efforts for food service workers in crisis. You can purchase those t-shirts here.

Thanks for supporting Virginia restaurants!

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We are saddened that many food and drink events have been cancelled or postponed. Check back here to see updates. In the meantime, support Virginia's restaurants and employees!


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Glory Days Grill Raises $69K in Golf Event


Glory Days Grill hosted its 32nd annual golf tournament at the Westfield’s Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The annual tournament raised a record $69,031 of which $40,000 has been designated for the tournament's main beneficiary, The Sunshine Foundation. Glory Days Grill will make additional contributions totaling $29,031 to a variety of local charities and foundations serving the Washington-Baltimore corridor.  Past recipients include local organizations such as: Jill’s House; Lorton Community Action Center; Life with Cancer; Little Flower Community; CASA – Baltimore County; and The Fisher House.


Over the past 16 years, Glory Days Grill has raised more than $714,000 through their annual golf tournament allowing the company to financially support the missions of many local and regional charities. Glory Days Grill has been recognized over the years for a variety of charitable contributions and fundraising efforts including the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award  (15x); The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s ‘WRAPPY’ Community Partnership Award (7x); and an eleven-time winner of the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Cornerstone of the Industry Award. This award recognizes companies that operate as the cornerstone of their communities, through positive job creation, community support, and charitable contributions.

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