NEW ORLEANS — Fidelity Bank and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation will celebrate women in the hospitality industry this July with the P.O.W.E.R. Plates fundraising program.
The monthlong celebration of women in the state’s hospitality industry is part of Fidelity’s “Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized” (P.O.W.E.R.) program, which caters to thousands of female-owned businesses. Currently, program officials are seeking women-owned, women-managed or women-led restaurants and bars to participate in the annual fundraising program. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and drive business to women-led restaurants in the New Orleans area during the slow summer business months.
“The New Orleans hospitality industry and their workers are vital to our city. P.O.W.E.R. Plates’ mission is to help support this critical industry by driving business to these women-led restaurants.” said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank Vice President and Director of P.O.W.E.R. “In addition, we are raising awareness of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission of supporting Louisiana’s hospitality industry workforce during times of personal crisis for our workers in the restaurant business.”
The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Fidelity Bank are matching donations up to $2,500 for this year’s program. After a record 67 restaurants and bars participated in 2021, officials have set a goal of recruiting 75 restaurants throughout South Louisiana. Neat Wine is the participating wine sponsor and activities will include a special beer release from Port Orleans Brewery.
“Women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have a tremendous impact not only our city, but our entire state,” said Fidelity Bank President and CEO Chris Ferris. “Programs like Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. program are crucial in bringing women to the forefront and highlighting their successes and P.O.W.E.R. Plates is the perfect way to showcase these amazing women.”
For more information, a list of participating restaurants and more, visit www.power-plates.com. Restaurants and bars interested in participating can register via the website.