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Gecko's owners Mike Quillen (left) and Mike Gowan

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Gecko's Grill & Pub, which has eight locations around Sarasota and Manatee counties, recently won a National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Neighbor Award. "Gecko’s supports a variety of causes and nonprofits especially those that assist hungry and at-risk children, law enforcement and the military," according to an announcement from the foundation. "Gecko’s also partners with area schools, donating more than 20,000 award cards to encourage good grades, attendance and citizenship. In addition, they participate in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and the Unidos Now Future Leaders Academy, which helps the Hispanic population integrate into the community."

You can watch a video about the Gecko's award here: