2017 Community Partner Award Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak HouseFor the first time ever, the 2017 US Open Golf Tournament was held in Wisconsin  during the week of June 12-18, 2017,  at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. 
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks were invited to partner with Ruth's Chris  Steak House for a unique opportunity to provide volunteers to work at the event in  the vendor area -- and each volunteer received a free pass for the day to see the  golf tournament events. FWSP recruited over TOO volunteers to offer their help at  the event and at the conclusion of the tournament, Ruth’s Chris Steak House made  a generous donation to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. This donation will be used  to continue the mission of FWSP to Preserve, Protect, Promote and Enhance the  Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Thank you to Doranne  Hughes and all of the staff from Ruth's Chris Steak House for a very successful  event and for their donation to FWSP! Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants began  fifty years ago in New Orleans. Ruth Fertel, a single working mother looking to  provide a better life for her two sons, browsed the “Classifieds” section of the  Times-Picayune. She spotted an ad reading "Steak House for Sale." Driven by an  inherent entrepreneurial spirit, she mortgaged her home to purchase Chris’ Steak  House on the corner of North Broad St. and Ursulines in New Orleans. Even though  she had no restaurant experience, her intelligence and drive to succeed enabled  her to become a successful business owner and eventually to lead the company to  become the largest upscale steak house in the world. 
Ruth worked and lived by the mantra, "Do what you love, love what you do."  She had the reputation of being a driven, hard-working person who never met a  challenge not worth overcoming. Ruth was successful because of her strong work  ethic and keen ability to understand her guests.