Regions Bank to sponsor President's Toast at Chefs Evening
Monday, February 2, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt
REGIONS TO SPONSOR 'TOAST' – For the first year, Regions Bank will be the exclusive Premium Sponsor of Chefs Evening and the President's Toast, the prelude event to Chefs Evening, scheduled this year for Sunday, March 8. Pictured, from left, are Byron Bankston, Morrison Street branch manager for Regions; Southeastern Foundation Chairman Cynthia Nesser; Chef Doyle Orlando of Jacmel Inn; and Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond Regions branch.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's largest fundraiser, Chefs Evening, will launch the annual event with the President's Toast as a featured prelude thanks to the exclusive premium sponsorship of Regions Bank.
Providing the food and wine pairings for this year's event is Chef Doyle Orlando of Jacmel Inn.
The President's Toast precedes the grand event and is scheduled this year for Sunday, March 8, at the Southeastern President's Residence from 4 to 5 p.m. Chefs Evening follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the newly constructed Student Union Grand Ballroom.
A regional tradition in its third decade, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation's signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs. This year the evening will include wine and food pairings from some of the finest regional restaurants and distributors.
"We are excited to have long established partner of Southeastern Foundation endeavors, Regions Bank, as the presenting sponsor of the President's Toast," said Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate and foundation relations. "At this event, wine and food pairings will be prepared by Southeastern alumnus and Executive Chef of Jacmel Inn, Doyle Orlando. It speaks to the strength and longevity of this event that there are such great partners."
"Regions is a strong presence in the region and is proud to be a part of Chefs Evening and the support it gives Southeastern," said Byron Bankston, Morrison Street branch manager for Regions.
Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond branch agrees.
"Southeastern is such an important asset to our region, and we are so pleased to be a partner through Chefs Evening."
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southeastern Foundation at 985-549-2239. Chefs Evening information is also available online at southeastern.edu/chefsevening.