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Phelan Family Brands, a family-owned restaurant group, recently surprised teachers with one of the most generous donations in our district’s history.

Phelan Family Brands surprises teachers with a major donation

September 17, 2018 - Partners in Education

We all know about the never-ending love, attention, and care our teachers give to their students. You can’t put a dollar amount on the time they spend to ensure our students are successful. However, earlier this month, a Florida-based family-owned restaurant group showed their support of schools and teachers, both in Hillsborough County and around the state, by providing HCPS with one of the most generous donations in our school district’s history.

Phelan Family Brands, a family-owned restaurant group that includes locally-owned Pinchers Restaurants, surprised every teacher at Spoto High School in Riverview with a $25 gift card to their restaurant. Representatives from Pinchers visited the school and spoke to the teachers, while Principal Glennis Perez handed out the gift cards to them. The unsuspecting teachers at Spoto High had no idea what was happening until the cards were placed in their hands.

Not only did the Spoto teachers get gift cards, every teacher in Hillsborough County Public Schools - all 14,727 teachers - will also get a $25 gift card, thanks to the Phelen Family. The generous donation totals more than $368,000. The remainder of the gift cards will be presented to principals at later dates to hand out to teachers at all of our 230 school sites.

Locally, there are two locations for Pinchers: one in Tampa at 14391 N Dale Mabry Highway and another at The Shops at Wiregrass at 28330 Paseo Drive, Suite 185 in Wesley Chapel. The gift cards can be used at any of the Phelan Family Brands locations throughout Florida.  For more locations, visit

For the Phelan Family, their passion to support education comes from a personal involvement in the world of teaching. According to a spokesperson for Phelan Family Brands, "As a former teacher herself, Kathleen Phelan and the rest of the family recognize the challenges our educators face every day. The Phelan Family places a high value on the education of our future leaders, and their annual donation is meant to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the teachers in our community.”

This generous family sees the true value in thanking those who make a difference in our students' lives. We know that when our students succeed, our schools succeed, and when our schools succeed, our community thrives. We must all climb together to ensure our students have what they need to succeed. Thank you Phelan Family Brands for climbing with us!

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