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What is The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund?
The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund, supported by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, is designed to assist employees of Michigan's restaurant and lodging industry who are in need of support after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who can apply for The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund? 
Funds will be granted to individuals that can demonstrate need and proof of hospitality industry employment as of March 10, 2020. Awards in the amount of $395 will be granted to all approved applicants until resources are fully depleted.

When will funds be available? 
MRLAEF is currently working to secure funding for this initative. Once secured, funds will be rewarded by the MRLAEF. These grants are subject to the availability of funds and awards will be limited to one per person. 

Where can employees apply for the relief funds? 
Due to the overwhelming response, the employee application is currently closed. While the The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund is open to all hospitality employees in the state, restaurant-specific employees can also separately apply for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund which can be accessed below. 

Why was The Michigan Hospitality Industry Relief Fund created?
People across the state are currently in economic distress with no clear view of when, or if, they will be returning to work. COVID-19 has left more than half of the 600,000 hospitality workers in Michigan without gainful employment. The MRLAEF understands the needs of the industry and has created a partial solution to help these hardworking, passionate employees. 

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Two Peninsulas. One Pure Michigan. 

To help raise funds for Michigan's hardworking, passionate hospitality industry employees, The Mitten State has partnered with Pure Michigan! A portion of the sales from these shirt will be donated to The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund to benefit those restaurant, bar and lodging workers who have been greatly impacted by this pandemic. Our state may consist of two peninsulas, but we are one Pure Michigan!

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To help raise funds for our industry's hardworking, passionate employees, The Mitten State has partnered with Labatt Brewing Company! $10 from this shirt will be donated to the MRLA Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund. 

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Founders Brewing Co. has created an exclusive line of work-at-home, comfy clothing to benefit the hospitality workers in Michigan, with all proceeds from sales going to the relief fund. We invite everyone to help "Fill the Tip Jar" by making a purchase today. 

Thank You to our Donors!

Founding Donors

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Individual Donors

Douglas J Coates
David Carroll
Frank Alessandrini
James Fowler
Jean VanHorn
Jeffery Elsworth
John Shortt
Margaret Batts
Mary Nehls-Frumkin
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Patricia L Simons
Richard L Nimphie
Thomas Bales
Tim Hanna
Timothy Krockta
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To help raise funds for Michigan's hardworking, passionate hospitality industry employees, The Mitten State has partnered with Pure Michigan! A portion of the sales from this shirt will be donated to The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund to benefit those restaurant, bar and lodging workers who have been greatly impacted by this pandemic.

Our state may consist of two peninsulas, but we are one Pure Michigan!

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