The Pulaski Technical College Foundation today received a $75,000 gift from
Sysco Corp. that will benefit the college's Culinary Arts and Hospitality
The culinary institute will name its restaurant/dining area the "Sysco Le Culinaire."
"Sysco has been a longtime supporter of Pulaski Technical College because we can see the direct impact it makes on the lives of students," Harry Cotros, president of Sysco Arkansas, said. "The students at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute are the future of our state's culinary and hospitality industry, and we are proud that our business can play a part in their success."
Cotros made the announcement this morning at the start of Sysco's quarterly sales meeting, which was held at the culinary institute.
Sysco has an active partnership with PTC's culinary institute. In addition to supporting the college's annual Diamond Chef Arkansas culinary competition, Sysco hosts tours of its facilities for culinary students. In the future, Sysco's food experts will periodically serve as guest lecturers for students in the Product Identification course, and Sysco and Pulaski Tech will partner on a food show.
The company has given more than $144,000 to the college in the past five years, said Ganelle Holman, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation.
"This kind of partnership not only gives the Culinary Institute financial freedom, it also allows our students the chance to build relationships with vendors and future business partners," Holman said. "We are incredibly grateful for Sysco's financial support of students at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute."
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 193 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers.