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The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers life-changing opportunities for students and provides direction for potential culinary and hospitality career paths. During the Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet an online auction is hosted by the IRAEF and 100% of the proceeds from the online auction and raffles go towards providing scholarships for aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals.


The IRAEF Scholarships & Mentoring Initiative has provided over $2.8 million dollars in scholarships to qualified students since 1973. With generous support of dedicated sponsors, the IRAEF is shaping Illinois' hospitality workforce through career development and exploration programs, scholarships and image enhancement. In 2017, over $178,000 was raised for charitable funds, benefiting the Illinois Educational Foundation as well as other charities.The IRAEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your gift may be deductible for tax purposes.




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