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Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management wins 2006 award for community excellence

Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management has been selected to receive the 2006 Excellence in the Community Award by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Division of the March of Dimes. The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is receiving this honor for its work as a good community partner, its powerful impact on Philadelphia’s hospitality and tourism community, and its dedication to developing the area’s hospitality and tourism industry.

The award will be presented at the March of Dimes’ Tenth Annual Signature Chefs Auction on Dec. 4, 2006, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton City Center Hotel.

“Since its inception, the school has positioned itself as a ‘good community partner’ via sponsorships, volunteer work, internships, educational resources and research, and its consistent dedication to the hospitality and tourism industry. Through its talented students and alumni, Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management has had a significant impact on Philadelphia’s hospitality and tourism community,” said Robert A. Smoose, director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Division of the March of Dimes.

He added, “The March of Dimes greatly appreciates the loyal support Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality has provided for our Annual Signature Chefs Auction.”

In addition to its sponsorship of the Signature Chefs Auction, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management sponsors many other community activities, such as the events of both the Multi-Cultural Affairs Congress of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and Industry.  The school supplies research for key Philadelphia events such as the Book and the Cook and the Philadelphia Film Festival, and for organizations such as the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.  The school’s student volunteers work for many non-profits from Philadelphia Cares to the American Hotel Lodging Association.

Alumni of the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs work throughout the region for high-profile companies such as ARAMARK and the Four Seasons Hotels.

“We are honored to receive this award from the March of Dimes, whose work is so important to our community,” said Elizabeth Barber, associate dean of Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. “We are glad that our school is also able to serve the community through sponsorships of non-profit organizations, by supporting the March of Dimes, by supplying students for volunteer work, and ultimately, by providing manpower for the region.”

Along with the award presentation, the Signature Chefs Auction features an impressive array of culinary delights from Philadelphia’s finest chefs and restaurants, a sampling of fine wines and local brews, and the opportunity to bid on creative dining, travel and entertainment packages.  Proceeds from the event will support the March of Dimes’ mission of improving the health of babies.

             

For more information about the Signature Chefs Auction, contact Jennifer Walker at (610) 945-6050.

Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading provider of management talent in tourism, hospitality, and sport and recreation. STHM offers quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sport and recreation management and tourism and hospitality management. All feature curricula that integrate the latest developments in e-business, research methodology, and management theory and practice. For more information, visit www.temple.edu/sthm.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.  For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com or its Spanish Web site at www.nacersano.org.

Vincent Paravecchia

 

 


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