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CIA Seniors Raise $17,000 for Scholarships and Charities

Hyde Park, NY – The senior class of the Food Business Management program at The Culinary Institute of America recently hosted two benefit dinners to raise funds for charities and a new CIA scholarship. The dinners raised about $17,000 from ticket sales, silent auctions, and raffles. These capstone events allowed students to put everything learned over the course of four years of their CIA education into a real-life situation, providing guests with the very best experience. Not only did planning these events offer them practice, but it also gave them an opportunity to help their fellow classmates through scholarships at the college, and to support the local community.

On June 29, the first group of students successfully executed a fun and entertaining summer-through-the-decades-themed dinner called About that Summer.... This event featured nine mouthwatering classic dishes from the 1960s to now and into the future. More than 110 attendees helped raise over $9,000 to benefit the Senior Capstone Charity Event Scholarship at the CIA and Mental Health of America of Dutchess County.

The second event, on July 13, was called The Secret Garden. The class transformed the college’s main student dining venue into a magical garden through the decor and menu. The event was inspired by the famous Frances Hodgson Burnett book and raised over $7,000 for the Senior Capstone Charity Event Scholarship and the students’ choice charity, The WARrior Fund, to support families with children who have rare heart defects. This was chosen because the organization has a close connection to one of the students in the class.

The Senior Capstone Charity Event Scholarship is new for this semester. It was established by Dr. Raimundo Gaby, a 1997 CIA graduate and professor of the Foodservice Management course who wanted to help students who will take this class in the future. Juniors in the Food Business Management bachelor’s degree program with a GPA above 3.0 are eligible for this need-based $5,000 scholarship.

There will be new events this fall created by next semester’s classes. Please check our website in September for updates.

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CIA senior Morgan Hawthorne with her chocolate showpiece specially made for the student-run About that Summer… benefit dinner held at The Culinary Institute of America in June. This semester’s two events raised about $17,000 for student scholarships and charitable organizations. (Photo credit: CIA/Raimundo Gaby)
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