QUEENSBURY — Kevin Coakley, general manager of the local Red Lobster restaurant, has received national recognition from his company for three years of coordinating backpack drives to help students returning to school.

He is one of eight general managers selected from the more than 700 Red Lobster restaurant leaders throughout North America to receive the Community Involvement Award for making a positive impact with the support of his restaurant team.

“Kevin is passionate about leading his restaurant team by example,” said Chip Wade, Red Lobster’s executive vice president of operations, in a news release. “He is dedicated to making a difference in the community through acts of genuine caring and giving.”

Coakley has spearheaded numerous community activities. In August, his restaurant team hosted a back-to-school drive that provided more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies. Over the holiday season, Coakley led a snack pack program to feed more than 60 elementary school children.

“Kevin is a champion of the Queensbury community and is continuously demonstrating our core values of hospitality and respect,” said Chris Madormo, director of the Queensbury Red Lobster location. 

In addition, through Red Lobster’s charity program, RL Shares, all Red Lobster restaurants, including Coakley’s, partner with local community organizations to donate unused food on a weekly basis.

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