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Aubrey’s owner gets PTA award
Burleson named recipient of National PTA Life Achievement Award


Randy Burleson, owner of Aubrey’s Cafe, EdisonPark Steakhouse and Stefano’s Chicago Style Pizza in Farragut, stands in front of a wall of plaques and awards at Aubrey’s he has received from the community during the restaurants 12-year history.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
Randy Burleson, owner of Aubrey’s Cafe in Farragut, was chosen to be the recipient of the National PTA Life Achievement Award during a meeting of the Farragut Primary School PTA Feb. 19.

Burleson has been a supporter of Farragut schools since Aubrey’s opened in Farragut in February 1992.

“I believe quality of life comes from a good education,” Burleson said.

“It’s all about improving their quality of life. We’re just doing our part by giving back to the community,” he added.


In its 12-year history, Aubrey’s has supported the faculty, students, PTAs and sports programs of the Farragut schools. The restaurant regularly donates food, prizes, discount dinners, and purchases advertising billboards.

Evelyn Pelletier, president-elect of Tennessee PTA, said the National PTA Life Achievement award is “an especially significant way to honor worthy people who have made a contribution to children’s welfare, as well as promote the work of PTA.”

Burleson was nominated by Farragut Primary School’s PTA.

“The nomination was received and unanimously carried because of Randy’s long history of donations to the school,” said Julie Ford, FPS PTA board member.

The school’s PTA board of managers has the opportunity each year to nominate individuals for both state and national PTA awards. These are considered “lifetime achievement” awards with honorary lifetime memberships attached to them.

“Randy’s award is even more distinguished, because we do not always vote for an individual to receive the National PTA recognition,” Ford said.

“His consistent efforts to give back to the community, evidenced by his involvement with many different groups working to improve the funding for our schools, are extraordinary,” said Karen Carson, Knox County PTA president.

“At this time I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a National PTA Life Achievement Award, the highest honor that a PTA can bestow, than Mr. Randy Burleson,” she added.

Burleson said the community supports his restaurants so they try to return some of their good fortune via the schools.

“Farragut has been good to us,” Burleson said. “Look how our business has been blessed and grown.”

He added that supporting the schools is one of the best ways to give back to the community, and “we have fun doing it.”

In addition to three area Aubrey’s, Burleson owns Sunspot, Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, EdisonPark Steakhouse and four area Stefano’s Chicago Style Pizza restaurants.

Burleson said each of the restaurants adopts an area school, which receives year round support through donations of food.

The Life Achievement Award is the highest honor that a PTA can bestow.

The honored person is usually someone who has given outstanding service to children, promoted children’s well being by serving as an advocate for children in such areas as education, health, safety and legislation.

Any local, council, district, or state PTA, in conjunction with National PTA may confer a National PTA Life Achievement Award.

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