The James Madison University
School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation

Cordially Invites You

Dukes Casino Night

   a Le Gourmet Event

       Saturday, October 26, 2013
      The University Club
     Washington, DC

Dear Alumni, Family, and Friends of the Hospitality Management Program:

On behalf of the faculty of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, I would like to thank each of you for joining us on October 26th, 2013 for our annual Le Gourmet event.  It is hard to believe, but this year we will celebrate our 11th successful event.

At last year’s event, we introduced many first time honors and awards.  G.J. Hart (Executive Chairman, CEO, and President of California Pizza Kitchen) and Robert Reid (Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer for AACSB International) were the first JMU Hospitality “Hall of Fame” inductees.  We recognized two recipients of the inaugural “Rick Casey Annual Scholarship Award”.  Finally, we announced the newly established “Susan J. Reid” scholarship.

Over the past 10 years, the Le Gourmet event has raised over $350,000 for the Hospitality Management program. The money raised from Le Gourmet is vital for the faculty and students of the program.  The proceeds raised from Le Gourmet are used in a variety of ways.  For instance, the money raised has allowed us to:

  • Recruit and retain highly talented faculty who teach our students
  • Provide scholarships for our students
  • Present research at our disciplines national conference, The Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE)
  • Provide experiential learning experiences for our students, including: attending the New York Hotel Show, assisting the NFL with the special events leading up to the Super Bowl, and working with California Pizza Kitchen at their annual general manager conference.
  • Attend (both students and faculty) national conferences including National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Professional Convention Management Association, and Club Managers Association of America
  • Plus much more 

 A special thank you, in advance, to our key “Dukes Casino” Sponsors below.  With their gracious support and your attendance at Le Gourmet, we will continue to work together to build a hospitality program of distinction. Thank you for your continued interest, and I am looking forward to seeing you at the University Club on October 26th


Michael O’Fallon, Ph.D.
School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation


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