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Community Involvement

For Cunningham Restaurant Group, community involvement is at the very core of everything we do. Our vision statement outlines clearly that “In the Communities we serve, we will be the restaurant of choice for delighting our guests.” The dining experience is key to that vision, but participating actively in the communities we serve is a critical way we see that vision come to life.

We are passionate about the communities we serve and work to give back and support philanthropically in many ways. We focus on a few key areas we feel are important to our communities: Animal Welfare Arts, Culture, & Humanities, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health & Human Services, and Veterans & Service Personnel.

CRG & Second Helpings Partnership

Cunningham Restaurant Group and Second Helpings partner to feed Indy. Community is at the heart of what we do. We were able to help by providing a satellite kitchen to the Second Helpings team and increasing their distribution.

Our Key Initiatives

There are a few key initiatives that Cunningham Restaurant Group currently hosts, supports, and manages throughout the year that are in addition to the various corporate philanthropic efforts in the community.

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Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry

The Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry serves Avon Schools children and families in Avon, IN. The pantry was started in 2015 by several Avon teachers who saw food insecurity growing in Avon and were determined to do something to assist. From its small beginnings in a teacher’s desk drawer to serving over 50 families per week, MLMCP is a 501(c)3 organization operating completely on donations. Both Mike and Mindy Cunningham and Performance Services are charter donors and provided the capital needed to build the pantry facility in Avon Intermediate School West and outfit it with refrigeration, freezers, and shelving for families to shop weekly. The naming rights for the pantry went to the Cunninghams and Mary Lee Maier is Mindy’s mother who was a dedicated teacher and community activist for decades.

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Annual Connecting the Pieces Dinner to Benefit Autism-Based Not-For-Profits

Every year Cunningham Restaurant Group hosts a coursed tasting wine dinner that benefits area Autism-based Not-for-Profits. In 2019 alone, the event raised over $40,000 to support three local charities including Autism Enrichment Foundation, Children’s TherAplay, and Hands in Autism. The dinner has been raising funds to help autism-based organizations for more than 11 years now. The Connecting the Pieces event is set for April 28th, 2024 to benefit Thrive Social Club and will be hosted at Stone Creek Dining Company Noblesville.

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Veteran’s Day and Service Personnel Recognition

Another audience that Cunningham Restaurant Group feels passionate about supporting is our veterans and service personnel. Because of that, each year on Veteran’s Day and select days throughout the year we invite these audiences to dine at any of our restaurants for a meal on us as a token of our appreciation for all they do.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Families in Need

Ever since the first restaurant opened, Cunningham Restaurant Group has always been passionate about the communities in which we reside. From inception, we have always provided a Thanksgiving Meal to those families in need and continue to celebrate this tradition each and every year. Our teams and leaders within the company prepare and serve hundreds of families on a day when they might need it most.



Donation Request Form

Please submit your request using the form below. You may also upload any additional information such as an event flyer, request letter, W-9 for your organization, etc. (PDF only), as needed. A completed and signed W-9 is required to complete any donation or sponsorship.

  • Donations are not intended to be used for profit by any individual, group, or business.
  • Due to the large number of requests received for Cunningham Restaurant Group, please provide 3-4 weeks' notice for your request.
  • Donations are limited to one time per year per organization unless otherwise arranged.
  • All requests are submitted through our home office. We appreciate that you do not submit multiple requests through different locations. If you are requesting support from a specific restaurant location, please specify that information in your request form.
  • Cunningham Restaurant Group does not currently support individuals participating in larger donation campaigns. Campaigns such as United Way, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Health Association, and The American Red Cross are all supported by CRG at a corporate level.

Donation Request Form