CORE relies on volunteers nationwide to serve as an ambassador and increase awareness and visibility of this organization.  This is a great way to directly help restaurant industry families who may qualify for a CORE grant when life does not go as planned and they face a qualifying circumstance.   

Ambassadors help in a variety of ways: 

  • Volunteer for CORE at industry events 
  • Leverage their voice on social media and throughout their professional network 
  • Distribute CORE back of the house posters in local neighborhoods or in underserved communities 
  • Host fundraisers to benefit CORE 
  • Refer food & beverage employees with children, who are facing a health crisis, injury, death, or natural disaster to apply for a grant
  • Serve as an industry leader


  • Complete a 30-minute zoom training session  
  • Utilize social media (Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn) and professional networks to share CORE’s mission
  • Raise funds for our mission
  • Identify, approach, and connect CORE with potential donors from food and beverage suppliers, operators, and distributors 
  • Distribute CORE materials in their community
  • Be an extension of our organization

Does this sound like the right fit for you? Apply below!


CORE Ambassador Highlight

Meet James Beasley –

Senior Manager Strategic Partnerships for PepsiCo, and CORE Ambassador. Apart from his 20+ years in food & beverage sales and marketing, James has made it his life mission to give back. James resonates with CORE’s mission to support food & beverage employees with children facing a health crisis or natural disaster; and loves to use his time, voice, and network to spread awareness and raise funds for our mission.


Beth Borkosky – Ambassador Since 2020

Senior National Accounts Manager On-Premise, American Beverage Marketers

James Beasley – Ambassador Since 2023

Senior Manager Strategic Partnerships, PepsiCo

Jennifer Clarke – Ambassador Since 2015

Director National Accounts On-Premise, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine

Johanna Dailey- Ambassador Since 2018

Director National Accounts On-Premise, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine

Kenneth Scharlatt – Ambassador Since 2022

Task Force Food & Beverage Leadership Consultant, Transformation Hospitality Services

Rebecca Smith – Ambassador Since 2013

VP Sales Training & Development, Monin Gourmet Flavorings

Rita DiLello- Ambassador Since 2016

VP National Accounts On-Premise & e-Commerce, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine

Sam Burgess – Ambassador Since 2023

VP of Culinary & Outreach, Forge To Table