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Meet Donna Curry— a Champion for the Autism Community Meet Donna Curry— a Champion for the Autism Community

Meet Donna Curry— a Champion for the Autism Community

Meet Donna Curry— a Champion for the Autism Community

Donna Curry is a Business Development Agent and Franchisee from Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to owning 60 restaurants and overseeing a territory of over 160 locations—Donna is a long-time activist for the Autism Community.


Donna’s commitment to the community started when a friend whose grandson has autism invited her to be on the board of the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. Having always been passionate about giving back, the decision to get involved was an easy one.

Through a partnership with the Ackerman Autism Center, the foundation provides thousands of families in Nevada access to autism spectrum disorder assessment and treatments. Without the support of people like Donna, the Ackerman Autism Center wouldn’t be able to survive.

President and CEO of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, Terri Janison, says, “I don’t know if I can give a full example of the importance of Donna’s commitment to the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the Ackerman Autism Center.”

Offering Equal Opportunities

Subway Sandwich Artist®, Luke Kacman working at one of Donna Curry’s restaurants. Subway Sandwich Artist®, Luke Kacman working at one of Donna Curry’s restaurants. (Photo: Subway)

In addition to being on the board, Donna created a one-of-a-kind life skills program called TeenWORKS that provides internships and employment opportunities for young adults with autism.

Desirae Wingerter, Programs Services Director at the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation says, “The importance of allowing an individual [with autism] to work, is the importance of allowing anybody to work.”

Throughout the Las Vegas area, Donna employs many Sandwich Artists™ with autism at her restaurants. The opportunity to work in the community is life-changing for many of these individuals and their families. Subway Sandwich Artist, Luke Kecman’s mother, says, “Donna Curry and Subway have given my son the opportunity to have a better life.”

To Donna, seeing these individuals grow is the most rewarding part, “Helping them gain confidence and a purpose gives me an overwhelming amount of joy and satisfaction in my heart.”

Leading by example

Donna Curry awarding a check to the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation on behalf of the Subway Franchise Owners of Greater Las Vegas. Donna Curry awarding a check to the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation on behalf of the Subway Franchise Owners of Greater Las Vegas. (Photo: Subway)

Giving back to the community is part of the Subway family DNA, and Donna Curry is an exceptional example of that. In March, she received the prestigious Outstanding Community Partner Award at the annual Subway Leadership Conference.

When asked about working for Subway for the last 36 years, Donna says, “The best part about being part of this company is the great group of driven individuals who have become friends and family.”

Javier Zuniga, Director of Operations for Donna’s office says, “Donna is the greatest boss I’ve ever had. Her favorite part is helping other people to succeed, creating jobs, and providing for families in need. She loves giving.”

There are more than 300 Subway Business Development Agents in more than 100 countries and every state in the U.S. Not only do they help train and support franchise owners in their markets—but often, they’re coaches, mentors, leaders, or community advocates like Donna. See how Subway makes an impact.

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