(GRAPEVINE, Texas) Sept. 29, 2014 – Larry Marshall, co-founder of Cotton Patch Cafe, a locally-owned restaurant chain based in Grapevine, Texas, received the first ever Summer Santa Art of Philanthropy Award on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 during the Summer Santa “FUNraising” concert, Tribute to Love and Music.

Each year, Cotton Patch Cafe participates in Summer Santa FUNraising events. Summer Santa, a 501(c)(3) organization, strives to enrich the well-being of Northeast Tarrant County children experiencing life’s challenges, through life-changing experiences.

The Summer Santa Art of Philanthropy Award honors an inspirational company that has successfully demonstrated teaching the art of service to the next generation. This year, Larry Marshall and his wife, Paula, were happy to accept the award on behalf of Cotton Patch Cafe.

“We are honored to be named the first ever Art of Philanthropy Award winner,” Marshall said. “At Cotton Patch Cafe, serving the community is at the heart of what we do. At each of our restaurants we try to be involved; and we really appreciate what our Grapevine and North Richland Hills stores have done to support Summer Santa over the years. It is a privilege to be involved with an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of local children in need.”

Summer Santa, known for its unique fundraisers and events, created a Woodstock theme for this year’s Tribute to Love and Music. The event was held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the North Richland Hills Centre, featuring live music and dancing from The Party Machine of Emerald City Dance Management and food provided by Cotton Patch Cafe.

“Cotton Patch Cafe is a great example of a company that is committed to making the community a better place,” said Cyn Choate, Summer Santa. “We greatly value the relationship we’ve built with Larry and the Cotton Patch Cafe team over the years, and are thrilled to present them with the inaugural Art of Philanthropy Award. Through their generosity, they have directly, positively impacted so many children in North Texas.”

About Cotton Patch Cafe, Inc.

Cotton Patch Cafe is an authentic, locally owned, made-from-scratch casual dining concept with 42 restaurants across Texas, and in New Mexico and Oklahoma; including 17 in the DFW area. Cotton Patch Cafe is celebrating their 25th year and continues to grow, with their newest location open in Greenville, TX and locations coming soon to Athens, Historic downtown Grapevine, TX and Ennis, TX.  Cotton Patch Cafe has a strong sense of community and partners with many organizations and charities across Texas. Cotton Patch Cafe is proud to serve up everything from classic Texas favorites like Chicken Fried Steak, meatloaf and Chicken and Dumplings to heart healthy entrees like Grilled Norwegian Salmon and the Strawberry Pecan Salad. For more information about Cotton Patch Cafe, visit



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