Kendall College 75th Anniversary Dinner raises over $50,000 for the Kendall College Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund

On April 29, Kendall College hosted Diamond Dreams: Celebrating 75 Years of Kendall College, a dining event benefiting the Kendall College Charitable Trust (KCCT), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial support to Kendall students in need. More than $50,000 was raised at the event for scholarships, which included a donation of $2,000 from the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs Foundation.

With Kendall hospitality students on hand to help with event proceedings, the evening started with a welcome reception and silent auction. An ice sculpture adorning the room was crafted by Kendall culinary students, and appetizers and cocktails were prepared by Kendall’s alumni chef instructors. The attendees then broke off into three different rooms for private dining experiences with special guest chefs. Desserts were prepared by Kendall baking and pastry students.

Guest chefs included Kendall alumni from notable Chicago restaurants, including Jose Garces of Mercat a la Planxa and winner of the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef;” Christian Eckmann of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Bill Kim of UrbanBelly; Timothy R. Cottini of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba; and Kristin F. Subido of Wave at the W Hotel Chicago. Ryan Pitts of RL Restaurant also participated. Culinary students at Kendall College had the opportunity to support the guest and alumni chefs in the kitchens.

The event brought together many leaders from Kendall College’s 75-year history including Thomas Kerr, former president; Raymond Geraldson and Penny Brown, former board chairs; Christian DeVos, former dean and trustee; Dr. Karen Gersten, provost and interim president; Dr. Lynn Eramo, former trustee; Ira E. Graham, past board member; David Kipley, current board member and Paula Singer, board chair and president of Laureate Higher Education Group, a division of Kendall’s parent company Laureate Education.

“The coordination and execution of such a culinary extravaganza takes a great deal of effort,” said Patsy Caruso, Executive Director of the Kendall College Charitable Trust. “The alumni and staff of Kendall College were an integral part of this very successful evening. There were so many talented chefs in the Kendall kitchens! What an honor to have experienced such an evening where everyone enjoyed themselves while benefiting a great cause. The future looks bright for the next generation of culinary and hospitality professionals.”

About the Kendall College Charitable Trust
The Kendall College Charitable Trust is dedicated to providing financial support for
students in need enrolled in the culinary, hospitality, business and education programs
at Kendall College. Scholarships are available for students who have completed their first year of study. The Kendall College Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation and all donations to the Trust are tax deductible. For more information, visit

About Kendall College
Kendall College, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009, offers undergraduate degrees in business, early childhood education, culinary arts and hospitality management. Current enrollment is approximately 2,400 students. The school occupies a stunning “Riverworks” campus near downtown Chicago. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),, 1-312-263-0456. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts Associate and Baking & Pastry Associate programs since 1988. Kendall College is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. For more information, visit

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