Southern University Foundation's Gentlemen's Cooking Classic

Southern University Foundation's Gentlemen's Cooking Classic

19th Annual Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic Great Success

The Southern University at Shreveport Foundation would like to thank everyone who supported the 19th Annual Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic (GCC), “This Is One - You Don’t Want to Miss”, on Saturday, June 9th at the Shreveport Convention Center.

The Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic attracted approximately 2,200 individuals and continues to grow in popularity each year. The Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic can easily boast of holding the community’s record for largest number of participating chefs for a Northwest Louisiana food event. It is important to emphasize, that it is through the efforts of these participating chefs, corporate sponsors, and community support, that the Foundation has been able to invest more than $550,000.00 in scholarships for the purpose of educating students in the Shreveport – Bossier and surrounding areas.

The event was chaired by Mr. John Hubbard, Manager of External Affairs for AEP SWEPCO and co-chaired by Ms. E. Jean Ware, President of Southern University Alumni and SUS Foundation Treasurer. Mr. Dan Jovic and Mrs. Jacque Jovic, Anchors/KTAL – NBC Channel 6 served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies.

This year the Foundation’s special guest was the Honorable Lieutenant Governor, William H. Nungesser.

The Foundation inducted into its SUSF 2018 Hall of Fame, seven (7) inductees Mr. Wendell Piper, President of SUS Foundation & Director of Transportation/Caddo Community Action Agency; Mayor Keith Hightower, Former Mayor of the City of Shreveport; Mr. Greg Johnson, Regional Senior Vice-President, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Mr. John Hubbard, Retired/Manager of External Affairs for AEP SWEPCO; Sheriff Steve Prator, Sheriff of Caddo Parish; Chief Fred Sanders, Assistant to the Fire Chief/City of Shreveport; and Mr. Frank Williams, Director of Southern University at Shreveport Foundation.

Chef Ernest Palmisano and Tina Palmisano, owners of Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport, served as Honorary Chair and Co-Chair of the Lil and Junior Chefs portion of the event. Ms. Dottie Bell, Caddo School Board Member and Ms. Jean Mosley, Public Relations -Griggs Enterprise, served as the Chair and Co-Chair of the Lil and Junior Chefs, featuring chefs ranging in ages 7 to 13, serving their favorite dish.

This year the Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic was honored to bring back lady participants as honorary quest chefs. Some of our past chefs include the Honorable Mayor Ollie Tyler, former Mayor of Shreveport, Cedric B. Glover, former Mayor of Shreveport, Keith Hightower, Louisiana State Senator Greg Tarver, Southern University President Ray Belton, Southern University at Shreveport Chancellor Rodney Ellis,   former U.S. Congressman, Jim McCrery, Shreveport Councilman Jeff Everson, and Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, and a host of others.

The Southern University Shreveport Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and the event’s principal purpose is to raise money for student scholarships.

SU Foundation $25,000 Scholarship Presentations:
The Southern University at Shreveport Foundation made two (2) Scholarship Presentations in the amounts of twenty-five thousand (25,000.00) dollars In memory of two dedicated donors, Ms. Josephine Miles and Mr. Adejia Paul Bouttee’ during this year’s event.

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