relief fund

for RI Hospitality Association member employees

RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund

in Honor of Alfred A. Zannella

RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund in Honor of Alfred A. Zannella

The RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund was created in honor of our late longtime Board Member, Alfred “Al” A. Zannella. Al was the Executive Vice President of Mancini Beverage and a longtime Board Member of the RI Hospitality Association. In 2018, he was named as our Man of the Year at our Stars of the Industry Awards. Al was a dedicated member of the hospitality community, always willing to lend a hand and help his industry thrive. This fund was created in his honor as a way to carry on the legacy of his generosity.

This relief fund is for RI Hospitality Association Member Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism employees who have been laid off and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This fund is built by RI Hospitality Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, with the mission of growing the future generation of hospitality professionals.

About the Fund

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the hospitality industry workforce. As public places of accommodation our industry was the first to be shut down by executive order resulting in thousands of unemployment claims. There are five generations working in our industry who will be struggling to pay rent, mortgage, household utilities, groceries, gasoline, and student loans. Basic human needs begin with food and shelter and COVID-19 has stripped these employees of their ability to financially provide these two basic needs for their families.

The purpose of the RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund is to provide foodservice, lodging, and tourism employees who have been laid off due to COVID-19 and are facing a financial hardship in supporting their families with food and shelter an opportunity to apply for financial assistance.

We are in this together!

While these are unprecedented times everyone is facing, we at RI Hospitality Association understand the challenges ahead of us. We have compiled a list of Support Resources available to all Rhode Islanders.