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BMI Helps Ohio Restaurateurs Honor ProStart Winners

Posted in News on February 22, 2017
Pictured (L-R) after BMI songwriter Emily Keen’s performance are: Ohio Restaurant Association President & CEO John Barker, Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation/Ohio ProStart Executive Director Patty Halper, BMI songwriter Emily Keener and BMI’s Dan Spears.
Pictured (L-R) after BMI songwriter Emily Keen’s performance are: Ohio Restaurant Association President & CEO John Barker, Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation/Ohio ProStart Executive Director Patty Halper, BMI songwriter Emily Keener and BMI’s Dan Spears.

BMI teamed up with the Ohio Restaurant Association and the ORA’s Education Foundation to honor the winners of their annual Pro-Start competition by providing the musical entertainment at the awards ceremony held recently (2/19) in Columbus. 17 culinary, 11 management and 15 Burger Battle ProStart Ohio high school student teams competed for top honors at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North Hotel. BMI singer songwriter Emily Keener was on hand on to help honor the winners with a heartfelt set of original songs. The 18 year-old Cleveland native was a top 12 finisher on NBC’s The Voice last year as part of Pharrell Williams’ team. The ProStart program was developed to increase the quality and employability of today’s high school restaurant-management and culinary arts graduates.