School of Hospitality Management Receives Gift from Darden Foundation

School of Hospitality Management Receives Gift from Darden Foundation UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (March 5, 2008) – The School of Hospitality Management has received a three-year, $60,000 gift from the Darden Foundation that will support various student professional development needs.

Several representatives from Darden Restaurants were on hand on Tuesday, February 5 to celebrate the gift. Penn State alumni who addressed the audience on behalf of Darden included Nicole Devore, service manager at Red Lobster and a 2006 alumna; Larry Borgia, regional manager at LongHorn Steakhouse and a 1979 alumnus; and Laurie Carlisle, director of operations for Olive Garden and a 1992 alumna.

“This gift from the Darden Foundation will enable us to support many of the initiatives that help our students grow both personally and professionally,” said Bert Van Hoof, director of the School of Hospitality Management. “With Darden's support, we can send our students to national conferences and industry meetings, to partner institutions abroad, and on internships around the country. Many of our students will have opportunities they never thought possible, and we are grateful to the Darden Foundation in helping us educate a new generation of industry leaders.”

Darden Restaurants, Inc. is the world's largest casual dining company with almost $6.7 billion in annual sales and approximately 170,000 employees. The Company owns and operates more than 1,700 restaurants including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.

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