7th Annual Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas Fundraiser Brings Out Hundreds of People and Raises Thousands of Dollars

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There was no sign of economic troubles on Friday, Oct. 3 as hundreds of community supporters gathered at Mandalay Bay Beach to support the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas’s 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. Together with generous sponsors and community supporters, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation raised thousands of dollars for its scholarship program.

The program supports Las Vegas area students in their pursuit of a career in the hospitality field. To date, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation has supported 18 students including the six scholarship recipients for this year. The scholarship includes coverage of all academic expenses to any accredited four-year college as well as mentorship and guidance from members of the Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from the community, especially during these times of economic hardships. Without the contributions, we would be unable to fulfill the dreams of talented and deserving students,” said Shawn Ritchie, Epicurean Charitable Foundation president.

Guests at the event sampled world-class cuisine by renowned Las Vegas chefs and restaurants along with a collection of wines and spirits. UNLV Men’s Basketball Head Coach Lon Kruger was honored with the 2008 Imperium Award for Leadership for his philanthropic endeavors and commitment to the Las Vegas community. Special guest songstress Sara Bareilles performed numerous hits including her chart-topping single “Love Song” in the alfresco beach setting and a silent auction featured a variety of gifts, travel opportunities and private cooking lessons.

Photos from the event including group shots of the 2008 scholarship recipients, Head Coach Lon Kruger and Epicurean Charitable Foundation community supporters are available upon request.

About the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas
Founded in May 2001, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas is comprised of more than 40 top food and beverage executives who are dedicated to making a difference in the hospitality industry and the community through support of the local education system and hospitality and culinary related organizations, charities and associations. The Foundation’s primary charitable endeavor is the establishment of annual scholarship awards for local students seeking careers in the hospitality industry.

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas can be reached 702-932-5098 or by visiting www.ECFLV.org.