|IRA Educational Foundation|
Committed to Developing Tomorrow’s Foodservice Leaders Today!
The IRA Educational Foundation is dedicated to working with high school students to build the hospitality workforce through career exploration, workforce development and connections to post-secondary education.
On Saturday, February 6th, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) will welcome fifteen Culinary teams and nine Management teams comprised of high school ProStart students from across the state to compete in the 15th Annual Illinois ProStart® Invitational, a full day of culinary and restaurant management competitions. The event, held at McCormick Place, is hosted by the IRAEF, Title Sponsor SYSCO-Chicago and Host Sponsor SAVOR...Chicago.
Be a Host on Job Shadow Day
Partner locations are being sought to host high school ProStart® students on March 16th for Job Shadow Day. To participate as a host or for more information, visit our Job Shadow Day page or contact Kathy Summers at 312.380.4147.
Support the Educational Foundation through sponsorship, mentoring, donations and more! The IRA Educational Foundation is a 501 c3 non-profit organization.
The IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.5 million to deserving students pursing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college. For more information, please click here.