Gourmet Services, Inc. makes a $560,000 contribution to Bethune-Cookman College
June 7, 2006
ATLANTA, Wednesday, May 13, 2006 – Gourmet Services, Inc., the nation’s largest African American-owned food service organization, announced today that it is investing over $500,000 in cash and capital improvements to Bethune-Cookman College in Dayton Beach, FL and has issued a challenge to other Black-owned businesses to support the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Leading out with a $300,000 unrestricted gift intended to support Bethune-Cookman College’s ability to continue its 102-year history of excellence in educating African-American youth, the company invested $260,000 in capital improvements to the College’s food service facility.
“We sincerely appreciate the leadership and commitment consistently demonstrated by Gourmet Services, Inc. and the Goldston family” said Bethune-Cookman College President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed. “It is because of these gifts and others like them that our students can be exposed to the resources necessary for success in all their pursuits here at Bethune-Cookman and beyond”.
The donation to Bethune-Cookman is the just one of several planned for Gourmet Services’ 2006 philanthropic season that will include scholarships, donations to youth-oriented service organizations and additional gifts to more educational institutions.
“Gourmet Services has, since its inception, supported initiatives that educate, train and mentor tomorrow’s leaders,” said Nathaniel Goldston III, founder, chairman and CEO. “As a Black-owned business, our relationship with the nation’s HBCUs is one of interdependence and we are proud to support Bethune-Cookman’s tireless efforts to provide guidance and focus, while preparing our children to succeed.”
“This gift helps to ensure that the experience Bethune-Cookman offers its young charges will be even more complete with variety and options,” continued Goldston. “We hope that this along with our other philanthropic donations will serve as a catalyst encouraging other Black-owned businesses to share their successes with organizations and institutions that train and educate African-American children.”
About Gourmet Services, Inc.
Recognized as the nation’s largest wholly African American-owned, food services management company, Gourmet Services Inc has built a strong reputation during the past 30 years based on quality, integrity and philanthropy by building sustaining symbiotic partnerships with its customers and heavily reinvesting within the communities it serves. Now in its 31st year, the company has grown to employ 2,500 employees and provides meals to 40,000 college students, most attending HBCU’s like Bethune-Cookman College and 200,000 students attending urban school districts.
About Gourmet Services Founder
Gourmet Services’ founder and chairman, Nathaniel Goldston III, is a recognized champion of educational initiatives supporting African-American youth. Mr. Goldston is the founder and president emeritus of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, an educational support, mentoring and scholarship organization responsible for sending hundreds of Atlanta’s underserved youth to post-secondary experiences. He is also president emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, one of the nation’s most recognized educational support and advocacy organizations for the nation’s African-American youth as well as chairman of the Bill Dickey Foundation, offering scholarships to African-American student golfers, and he is chairman of the Georgia Peace Officers Foundation (formerly the Burt Reynolds Foundation). In addition, Mr. Goldston sits on the Boards of Trustees of Wilberforce University and University of Denver.
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About Bethune Cookman University:
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.