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HospitaBull raises over $100,000 for School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at USF Sarasota-Manatee

HospitaBull, the elegant dining experience, prepared and served by students at the University of South Florida, raised over $100,000 to support scholarships and programs in USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The twelfth annual event took place on Tuesday, March 26, at award-winning restaurateur and wine professional Michael Klauber's renowned Sarasota restaurant, Michael's on East.

In addition to providing USF alumni and friends with an opportunity to support scholarships and programs in USF Sarasota-Manatee's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, HospitaBull allows students to work closely with a team of culinary professionals and gain valuable hands-on training. Students prepared and served hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal, on Tuesday night, including a choice of oven roasted chicken, spiced chateau of beef tenderloin and vegan tikki masala.

Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said the annual event plays a crucial role in empowering students by providing financial resources and ensuring they are equipped with the tools needed to excel in their careers.

"Through meticulous planning, flawless execution and unwavering dedication, our students have not only curated an unforgettable dining experience but have also raised over $120,000 to empower the next generation of industry leaders through scholarships and professional development opportunities," Cobanoglu said. "Their remarkable achievement is a testament to the passion and commitment instilled in every student in our renowned program. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and extend our heartfelt gratitude to Michael’s on East, their exceptional team members, our advisory board members, all sponsors and supporters for their invaluable contributions in nurturing our students's growth and success."

Rachel Pisano, a graduate student in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management expressed her gratitude to those in attendance from a podium during the event. “I am full of gratitude," she said. "Gratitude for the opportunities I've been afforded, gratitude for the relationships I've forged, and gratitude for unwavering support of those who have walked alongside me every step of the way.”

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Members of the community enjoy an elegant night out at Michael's on East.

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USF students prepare hors d'oeurves in the kitchen.

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USF students perform front of house duties.

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The event raised over $100,000.

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