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Fundraiser Hosted by KRHA Education Foundation to Celebrate the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

Thursday, October 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Graham
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Wichita, KS -- 10/22/2015 --The Educational Foundation of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association (KRHAEF) will be hosting their annual Evening of Hospitality event Monday, Oct. 26, from 6-9 p.m at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport.

The evening's itinerary includes: a social with cocktails and appetizers; an award ceremony; and gourmet food prepared by Chef Larry Walker, with the assistance of high school culinary students from the ProStart program — an incredible opportunity to see career and technical education at work. The event will wrap up with an opportunity for attendees to network during a silent auction.

This year's menu will feature a variety of food stations including, carved meats, seafood, fondue and sliders, as well as passed appetizers. An eclectic arrangement of desserts will be offered.

Each dish will be paired with wine and beer sponsored by the LDF Companies. The highlight of the evening will be the "Stars of the Industry" awards, which celebrates the recipient's accomplishments and dedication to the industry.

Last year's award winners included:

- Teacher of the Year – Glenna Nance, Blue Valley Academy, Overland Park
- Mentor of the Year – Matthew Robinson, Holiday Inn, Wichita
- Allied Member of the Year - Bill Goodlatte, The LDF Companies, Wichita
- Hotelier of the Year - Loren Unruh, Best Western Angus Inn
- Restaurateur of the Year – Neal Stong, NuWay, Wichita
- Hall of Fame – Chuck Magerl, Free State Brewing Company & WheatFields Bakery and Café, Lawrence

"Our Educational Foundation helps high school students get started on a restaurant career with industry training and development," says Adam Mills, KRHA president and CEO. "We are committed to nurturing the personal advancement that is the hallmark of our industry."

All money raised from this fundraising event will support the Educational Foundation of the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association, which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Event sponsors include:

Platinum sponsors – DoubleTree by Hilton, Heartland Payment Systems

Gold sponsors - State Auto

Silver Sponsors – Intrust Bank, Cargill, Hospitality Insurance Services, Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association Self Insurance Fund, Sysco Kansas City, US Foods Kansas City

Contributing Sponsors – Ben E. Keith, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Hospitality Management Systems/Micros, Liberty Fruit, Regier Carr & Monroe LLP, Rego Express, The LDF companies, Remote Video of Kansas City, Wichita Press Inc., Springfield Grocer Company, The Chocolate Fountain

Individual tickets to the event can be purchased at for $60 or eight for $400. To become a sponsor or for more information about the event, call 800-369-6787 or email before the deadline of October 19th.

About KRHA
Founded in 1929, the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association is the leading business association for restaurants, hotels, motels, country clubs, private clubs and allied business in Kansas. Along with the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Education Foundation (KRHAEF), the association works to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing industry of hospitality in Kansas.