The University of New Orleans’ Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and
Tourism Administration is the recipient of a $25,000 donation from the Greater New
Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation.
Tod Chambers, president of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality
Education Foundation (GNOHLA HEF), along with the Association’s executive director,
Mavis Early, presented John Williams, dean UNO College of Business Administration,
and Kim Williams, interim director of the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and
Tourism Administration, with the donation on Tuesday morning at the Foundation’s 25th
annual Tourism Tee-Off Golf Tournament at the Lakewood Golf Club in Algiers. The GNOHLA
Hospitality Education Foundation is funded primarily by the golf tournament, associated
online auction and related events; it is a 501(c) (3) educational nonprofit association.
Among other activities, GNOHLA HEF awards college scholarships to high school students
interested in a career path in the hospitality industry and supports the local student
chapter of the American Hotel & Lodging Association at the University of New Orleans.
The GNOHLA Hospitality Education Foundation also hosts career fairs, a panel presentation
to incoming high school students discussing careers in the hotel and lodging industry,
works with high schools to establish hospitality academies, provides hotel industry
professionals to speak in classrooms, and guides the ongoing training of industry
employees by providing educational programs and other learning opportunities.
Today's donation brings GNOHLA HEF total contribution to the University of New Orleans
to $85,000 to date.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association
and GNOHLA Hospitality Education Foundation,” said Kim Williams, associate professor
and interim director of the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.
“The donation helps support our goal of educating future industry leaders. The money
will enhance our efforts to increase program awareness and enrollment.”