Hotel & Restaurant Foundation (HARF) announces Fall Scholarship Benefit October 6, 2009 at the W Hotel, San Francisco

  • Hotel & Restaurant Foundation
  • 09.04.09
The Hotel & Restaurant Foundation announced its annual fundraiser and awards ceremony taking place October 6, 2009 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the W Hotel in San Francisco, Calif.

Established over 60 years ago, HARF as it is known, exists to raise funds within the hospitality industry to promote and support hospitality management and culinary arts education for future industry leaders, through scholarship grants.  The event will include a Who's Who of the hospitality industry as well as a career fair, networking session, cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony honoring those students who have received scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year.   

Last year students from City College of San Francisco, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Cal Poly Pomona and San Diego State University were awarded close to $200,000 in scholarship grants, all based on merit.  Event chair and HARF Board President Michael Pace, general manager of the W Hotel, said, "We are thrilled to have a great committee and board made up of the best in the industry planning our event this year.  Our goal is to raise the profile of this very important program and to ensure that we attract the highest caliber of students applying for scholarships.  We want to cultivate the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industries." 
 
New programs this year include a social networking presence on Facebook and Twitter as well as an invigorated Web site for the program.  The key culinary and hospitality management schools have also named champions from past award recipients to help promote the program on campuses and to demonstrate through example, their excellence and commitment to the field.

Originally founded in 1948 by the City College of San Francisco hotel and restaurant department, the Foundation grew over the years to provide support to other college hospitality and culinary arts programs in California, and was chartered as a non-profit corporate entity.   HARF exists today as one of the largest independent hospitality scholarship organizations in large part due to the vision, leadership and financial support of John and Hilda Gifford.  John Gifford was the founding director of the City College hotel and restaurant department and Hilda was the director of the hotel and restaurant department from 1935 to 1954.  The highest award given every year by the Foundation is named in honor of Hilda Watson Gifford, acknowledging her contributions to the industry.  In the last five years, HARF has awarded over $800,000 in scholarship grants.  The panel of people choosing recipients is comprised of hospitality industry leaders and students are evaluated for their leadership potential among other criteria.




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