Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas officials announced today that the Foundation will renew its partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Athletic Department in support of the university’s men’s basketball program. The Foundation will sponsor UNLV Athletics with a contribution of $100,000, a significantly larger donation than last year’s $24,000. The funds will go toward providing the student-athlete of each of the 31 home games with scholarship dollars as well as other programs designated by the UNLV Athletic Department.
Over the course of last year’s season, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation donated a total of $24,000 to the men’s basketball program. The Foundation awarded $1,000 at 24 of the home games to the Runnin’ Rebel student-athlete of the game who best exemplified the competitive spirit and determination in giving UNLV its best chance for victory.
“We are fortunate to be able to support UNLV’s basketball program once again and to be able to increase our contribution this year,” said Rino Armeni, founder of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. “Lon Kruger does an outstanding job running his program and supporting the Las Vegas community.”
In addition to the monetary donation, the Foundation’s member chefs will once again provide food for approximately 400 people at UNLV’s end-of-the year banquet in March. The banquet will be held for athletes and their families as well as sponsors and the athletic department.
The Epicurean Charitable Foundation will present its check to the UNLV Athletic Department at the Nov. 20 game during halftime.
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.