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Maggiano’s honors philanthropic former exec

Chicago native Gianna Farago Tetrick recently was inducted into the Maggiano’s Hall of Fame for her philanthropic work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses celebrated its 15th year partnering with the restaurant for the Eat-A-Dish campaign.

Spearheaded by Farago Tetrick during her time as marketing director and carried on by the Maggiano staff since her departure, the program has raised more than $8 million dollars to date, granting more than 1,100 wishes to children receiving treatment throughout the nation.

Farago Tetrick, who says her desire to give back is driven by and rooted in her Italian heritage, partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2004 to create the program for Maggiano’s. From June to mid-August, Maggiano’s encourages diners to order select dishes on the menu, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Make-A-Wish. And the commitment doesn’t stop there.

“Year after year, Maggiano teammates go above and beyond to host over-the-top wish parties and directly connect with the wish kids and their families in our restaurants across the nation,” Farago Tetrick says. “It was so fulfilling to be involved with the program, and I’m proud to have played a part in its success.”

Farago Tetrick remains in the Windy City, working as the director of marketing for the award-winning Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group. Despite the career move, she continues to be actively involved with Eat-A-Dish.

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