$1.5 million gift for Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
July 7, 2011
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas was chosen as one of the recipients of the Today show's "Lend a Hand" program in June. Other cities with "Lend a Hand" winners were Anchorage, Alaska, Houston Texas, Birmingham, Alabama and Charleston, W. Virginia.
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is a non-profit organization that prepares workers for employment in the gaming and hospitality industry through training and education. It is a joint labor and management training trust fund between the Culinary Union Local 226, Bartenders Local 165 and major resort properties on the Las Vegas strip.
In its 10th year, "Lend a Hand" provides a jump start to charitable giving not only cash but food and beverages as well. Other major donors were MGM Resorts, Zappos, Cosmopolitan, Tyson Foods and Smithfield (a pork distributor).
The donated food will be distributed through the Culinary Academy's program for local food banks. Three Square, a local food distribution program, also received a donation.