Shrimp Shack Grill to Donate Lunch Proceeds to Scholarship Foundation
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Foundation President Cozy W. Marks, Jr., Mike Jones, Max and JoJo Davis, and Dr. Stanton Lawrence at Normandy-Shrimp Shack Grill partnership kick-off.
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     Purchasing a catfish sandwich, chicken wing combo or shrimp dinner for lunch will support Normandy School District students receiving scholarships - that is if you're making your purchase from the Shrimp Shack Grill.  The Shrimp Shack Grill, located at 8624 Natural Bridge, is partnering with Normandy School District to donate 10% of all menu purchases made between the hours of 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation.
      "This is our way of staying connected to the community by supporting the school district and its students," said Joanna "JoJo" Davis, co-owner of the Shrimp Shack.  JoJo co-owns the popular restaurant with her husband Max.  "We've always been givers, and when this opportunity was presented to us we figured this was a great way to give back to the community that has embraced us for the past eight years."
    The NSD-Shrimp Shack partnership is the brainstorm of Sandra Marks, wife of current Normandy School District Board of Education President Cozy W. Marks, III.  Sandra, a business consultant, was hired by the Shrimp Shack to develop methods of increasing and promoting the business, particularly during its slow period of Monday through Wednesday.  When Sandra presented the idea to JoJo of supporting the school district and its students through the scholarship foundation while increasing traffic in the restaurant, both knew it was an instant match.  A campaign was started, and the partnership officially kicked-off on April 4.  District administrators, board members, foundation directors, staff and others gathered at the Shrimp Shack for lunch to contribute to the first day's donation.  
    "This is exciting and a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Dr. Stanton E. Lawrence, superintendent of schools.  "This is a prime example of how the community has embraced and supported the district in its goal of academic excellence for all students.  We are grateful for the Davises and their generosity."
     This is not the first time the Shrimp Shack has supported efforts of the district.  For several years, the restaurant has donated food items for Normandy Middle School's Back to School Jam.  JoJo says their goal is to donate a minimum of $10,000 to the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation.
     "Anything over our goal of $10,000 is just ‘icing on the cake'," she said.  "We're in this community to stay, so this partnership can go on forever."
     JoJo is encouraging everyone to "Be a Friend of Normandy Contributor" by stopping by the Shrimp Shack during their lunch hour to enjoy items from the restaurant's constantly expanding menu.  You may eat-in or order take-out.  Call-in orders are accepted and can be made by dialing 314-426-3333.  Click here to view the Shrimp Shack Grill's menu.  
     The Friends of Normandy School District Foundation was established in 2005 to provide scholarships to deserving Normandy High School graduates.  Students may begin earning points toward scholarships as early as fourth grade, and points accrue through their senior year of high school. Scholarship recipients are recognized annually during the foundation's Grand Gala.  This year's gala is scheduled for May 14 at the Airport Hilton Hotel.  Tickets, at $50 per person, can be purchased by calling 314-493-0484.