Riese Restaurants Gives $130K to Citymeals-On-Wheels

Riese Restaurants Gives $130K to Citymeals-On-Wheels

Dennis Riese, Chairman and CEO of the Riese Organization, one of the largest restaurant and real estate management companies in New York City, presented a $130,000 check to Citymeals-On-Wheels, proceeds from its annual cash-register “Round-Up” campaign. Riese has raised more than $2.5 million for the charity in the last 20 years.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-On-Wheels, which helps feed the city’s homebound elderly, joined Riese during an awards dinner at TGI Fridays at 677 Lexington Avenue (at 56th Street), honoring the managers and staff of the Riese restaurants that participated in the campaign.

“This has been the 20th year since The Riese Organization started as a staunch supporter of Citymeals-On-Wheels,” said Riese, who is also a board member of Citymeals-On-Wheels. “Raising more than 2.5 million, the ‘Round-Up’ campaign continues to grow. It is a momentous occasion for both organizations and we look forward to raising the next million in the years ahead.”

Patrons at more than 50 participating Riese Restaurants were asked to “round-up” their guest checks to the nearest dollar, with 100 percent of the difference donated to Citymeals-On-Wheels. At the end of the drive, Dennis Riese “Rounded-Up” the accumulated contributions of $117,981.45 to $130,000.

Citymeals-On-Wheels was founded by Gael Greene and James Beard in 1981. Its mission is to provide New York City’s homebound elderly with hand-delivered weekend, holiday and emergency meals. The meals are required to meet the nutritional guidelines as decided by the Nutrition Services Program for Older Americans.

The Riese Organization is the single-largest restaurant operator in Manhattan and one of the largest real estate and restaurant management companies in the Northeast—owning and operating more than 50 restaurants in the New York City area. The Riese Organization recently opened the first New York City location of Fatburger and also opened up a 10th location of T.G.I. Friday’s in Manhattan.