Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Eagles For Education Golf Tournament

The Nucci Scholarship for Culinary Innovation posthumously honors industry icon Joe Nucci, Mann Packing Company, and his significant contributions to the produce and foodservice industries. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament benefit the scholarship program that bears his name. Chartered to connect produce and foodservice professionals in advancing culinary innovation through produce, through this program, selected culinary school students and faculty attend the July PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA where they learn about the produce industry and the important role foodservice plays. Event scholarship recipients’ tour produce fields and facilities, attend educational workshops, network with produce professionals and chefs, and experience the exposition.

PMAEF is currently working with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Johnson & Wales University to bring students and faculty to this year’s conference, scheduled July 13-15, 2007. PMA piloted the program with the CIA last year and PMAEF is expanding it this year to include Johnson & Wales University. The participants will tour the fields and facilities of Mann Packing Company and NewStar Fresh Foods LLC, attend educational workshops, and experience the exposition. PMAEF is looking forward to making this second year an enhanced success.

Joe, who passed away in July 2005 at the age of 40, believed deeply in our industry and its future. Born into a family of produce innovators, Joe was President of Mann Packing Company, Inc. and was scheduled to become PMA’s Chairman of the Board in October 2006. Joe’s life was defined by his innovative character and capability to inspire the next generation of leaders.

It is one of two scholarship programs currently offered through the PMA Education Foundation (PMAEF), a newly created 501 (c) (3) organization. Proceeds from the annual golf tournament at the start of the Foodservice Conference benefit this scholarship program.
The tournament will be held July 25 at the Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside. Register here

It's also possible to support the scholarship fund directly by making a donation to the PMA Education Foundation; click here for more information .

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