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Elachee Nature Science Center receives $4,000 grant
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Elachee Nature Science Center has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.

The grants program, in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.

The donation will enable Elachee’s mission to “Educate for Today ... Preserve For Tomorrow.”

Elachee Nature Science Center, a nonprofit organization, is an environmental education center in Georgia serving more than 35,000 students and an additional 30,000 visitors to the museum and preserve each year.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofits in the United States and Canada.

Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit For additional information on Elachee Nature Science Center, please visit, or call at 770-535-1976.

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