Rachael Ray Show Launches “Cook Your Way to Culinary School” Contest

Washington, DC, Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rachael Ray and her Yum-o! organization, longtime supporters of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), through her show are offering scholarships to 4 high school juniors and seniors who are passionate about pursuing their dreams in culinary arts and restaurant management with her new contest, “Cook Your Way to Culinary School.”

Rachael Ray announces her contest, “Cook Your Way to Culinary School,” to give scholarships to high school juniors and seniors.
For a chance to win, visit www.rachaelrayshow.com/scholarshipcontest.

The grand prize winner will receive up to $25,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, as well as an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware. Three runners-up will receive a $5,000 scholarship and Rachael Ray merchandise.

“Yum-o! ® has three parts to its organization: Cook, feed and fund,” Ray explained while announcing the contest. “We fund education with the help of our wonderful partners of over a decade, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. They help us give scholarships to deserving kids.”

The distribution and administration of the scholarship prizes provided by Rachael’s Yum-o! ® Organization will be coordinated with assistance from the NRAEF. The Foundation is dedicated to training and advancing the next generation of culinary leaders. One of the NRAEF’s largest programs is ProStart ®, a nationwide, two-year high school career and technical education program uniting the classroom and restaurant industry. 136,300 students are currently enrolled in the program, which is offered in 1,768 high schools in all 50 states.

“Sharing this contest with our ProStart students across the country gives us a great opportunity to develop the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF. “We’re excited to support Rachael Ray and ask high school students to submit their applications for the chance of a lifetime.”

To enter, students must submit a video of themselves preparing an original recipe and an explanation of why they think they should win. The contest closes on Monday, December 4, 2017.

For a chance to win and full contest rules, visit www.rachaelrayshow.com/scholarshipcontest. To learn more about the NRAEF, visit www.ChooseRestaurants.org.

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:  As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit ChooseRestaurants.org.



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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

“I Have A Dream” Foundation Receives Outpouring of Donations in Memory of Nine Year Old Tommaso Cerase

New York, NY, Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “I Have A Dream” Foundation has received over $30,000 in donations from 150 people in memory of Tommaso Cerase, a nine year old boy who died in a tragic accident during a Juventus soccer training camp in Manhattan. Tommaso, known to family and friends as Tommy, was an avid soccer fan, budding artist, and loving son and brother. Having lived in London, Dubai, and New York City, Tommy is remembered by friends as fun, social, and always generous in sharing his skills—like his talent for soccer—by teaching others. He was also interested in equal access to education and selected this topic for his most recent school project. To honor Tommy’s interest in equal education for all, his family chose the “I Have A Dream” Foundation as the recipient of donations from anyone wishing to give in Tommy’s memory.


Many donors expressed the importance of carrying on Tommy’s passion for educational equity:  one family member said, “Tommaso Cerase shared the dream that children should all have access to education, develop their talents, and fulfill their dreams.”  Another donor said of Tommy, “[He] knew despite his young age that education makes a difference and is the single most impactful driver to give kids a chance to realize their full potential.”

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s mission is very much in line with Tommy’s chosen school project title, “Equal education for all.” The organization provides students (“Dreamers”) from some of the most economically disenfranchised communities the same opportunities, resources and support as are available to their higher income peers. In the 36 years since the “I Have A Dream” Foundation was founded, Dreamers—who are over 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their peers—have gone on to attend over 1,000 higher learning institutions and become diplomats, accountants, social workers, doctors, and actors, among many other careers.

“We are very grateful to the Cerase family for the generous response we have received from Tommy’s family and friends in support of our work,” says Eugena Oh, President and CEO of the National “I Have A Dream” Foundation. “It is devastating that this generosity arose from such tragic circumstances, but we hope Tommy’s loved ones can find comfort in knowing that this caring and special boy’s legacy will live on as we continue our work promoting equal access to educational opportunities for every child. Thanks to these gifts, we will be able to provide support to even more young people so they may realize their full potential.”

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About I Have A Dream” Foundation: The “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) is a leading education nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through a comprehensive program of social-emotional, academic, and college tuition support that follows the same group of young people (“Dreamers”) from elementary school all the way through college. Founded in 1981 through the vision of Eugene Lang, IHDF operates in 16 affiliates in 13 cities and has served over 18,000 Dreamers. 

The numbers: 51% of students in U.S. public schools—over 25 Million children—are low-income, and only 9% of low-income students earn a bachelor’s degree, compared to 77% of their high-income peers. 90% of Dreamers complete high school, compared to 70% of their low-income peers, representing an additional $2.9 Billion in earnings over their lifetimes. Dreamers are over 3 times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than their low-income peers. Without this level of support, the cycle of poverty continues: 65% of children whose parents have no more than a high school diploma live in poverty. Now, over 35 years after Eugene M. Lang’s life changing promise, Dreamers have children who are attending college themselves.

Visit ihaveadreamfoundation.org to learn more. 




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"I Have A Dream" Foundation

Qualified Plan Advisors to expand operations in Texas

Leawood, Kan., Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Qualified Plan Advisors (QPA) announces expansion plans to open a new office in Houston to support the firm’s continuous growth and commitment to serve clients in the southern region. This development comes after the addition of two veteran advisors, Troy Dryer and Marco Melero, bolstering QPA’s sizable and established Texas presence. The expansion is scheduled to begin in December.


“We have a significant client base in Texas, specifically in the Houston area. Having a presence there will allow us to better serve their needs and support our expansion goals,” said Scott Colangelo, chief executive officer of Prime Capital Investment Advisors, the parent firm of QPA.

Identifying a new location to expand the QPA business footprint has been a long-term strategy for the firm. 

“We actually began our search in earnest in late summer,” Colangelo said. “When Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston, we took a pause and redirected our efforts toward Harvey Relief. We are excited to follow-up soon with an announcement of the address and location of the new building.” 

While finalizing the search for the new office space, QPA has been actively recruiting investment professionals to staff the firm’s Houston operations. “We are seeking experienced advisers as well as support staff to manage our Houston office and with our existing presence in Texas, will leverage established relationships to ensure we are retaining the company culture we’ve built,” said Nicole Hendrix, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Investment professionals interested in joining the firm are invited to contact Nicole at nhendrix@primecap-ia.com.


About Prime Capital Investment Advisors
Prime Capital Investment Advisors provides a client-centric, team approach to full-service financial planning, including fee-based asset management and wealth management. The firm has several locations throughout the United States, with investment advisor representatives serving clients across the nation.


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Judy Le
Trozzolo Communications Group