Palm Beach Hospitality Students Partner With Local Artists, Chefs, Musicians to Raise Scholarship Funds at FRLA Event


(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – The Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) presented more than $11,000 in scholarships and professional awards to local high school students at its third annual educational fundraiser. The FRLA Education and Arts Together Showcase (E.A.T.S.), pairs talented students with professional counterparts in their respective fields of study. More than 150 attendees gathered to support the next generation of hospitality and culinary students in Palm Beach County. 

During the event held on April 25, 2017 at the West Palm Beach Marriott, Palm Beach County high school ProStart students and area chefs created a fabulous dinner for guests. Students also collaborated with local artists and musicians to prepare original artwork and entertaining music led by the Palm Beach Symphony and Palm Springs Community Middle School string class. During the silent auction, local student artwork was sold alongside hotel stays, and gift certificates to area restaurants, spas and businesses. 

Proceeds from the event benefitted the FRLA Educational Foundation (FRLAEF), which supports hospitality students, schools and teachers in Palm Beach County and across the state. 

FRLA congratulates to the following scholarship recipients: 

Brian Fink Memorial Scholarship Winner

Angelande Estilien- Palm Beach Gardens High School

Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Arenson- Forest Hill Community High School

Carolina Diaz- Forest Hills Community High School

Culinary Scholarship Recipients

Christian Tristian Jesus- South Tech Academy 

Kelsey Lasater- Palm Beach Gardens High School

Emily Martinez- Palm Beach Gardens High School

Johanna Lopez-  Palm Beach Gardens High School

The FRLAEF provides school-to-career training for 30,000 hospitality students representing more than 250 high schools statewide. Designed to increase the quality and employability of graduates, the program uses an industry-derived curriculum through Florida ProStart and the HTMP. With a focus on the future of Florida’s hospitality industry, these programs allow students to learn and showcase skills that can be used in foodservice and lodging.