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TSD 10th Annual Diamond Chefs Gala

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF MEDIA ALERT
Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNDER THE BIG TOP

TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF’S 10th ANNUAL DIAMOND CHEFS GALA

MAY 6, 2016

DEAF STUDENTS MENTORED BY HILTON AUSTIN

CARNIVAL THEMED FUNDRAISING GALA SUPPORTS TEXAS STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF AMD HARD OF HEARING

Media Video and Photo opportunities with 15 culinary students from the Texas School for the Deaf in action, working in the Hilton kitchen alongside executive chef and culinary staff, during preparations:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2016 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHAT: Presented by the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) Foundation, TSD’s 10th Annual Diamond Chefs Gala – “Under the Big Top” – is a student prepared, multi-course banquet with wine pairings, silent and live auctions, and carnival-themed entertainment.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

WHERE:
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas

MORE: Hilton’s new Executive Chef, John De Souza, and the Hilton Austin staff, gives a select group of TSD culinary students the opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience working in the renowned downtown Austin landmark hotel. For two days, students will work along side De Souza and his top chefs preparing unique, locally-sourced, gourmet selections for almost 300 lucky guests Friday evening, May 6.

This year, the annual Diamond Chefs Gala showcases the TSD-Hilton 10 year partnership, along with the talents of TSD’s culinary and hospitality students, and celebrates the school’s rich 160 year history of providing an exemplary education, tools and experiences to Texas’ students, ages 0-22, who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Proceeds from the event support the students at Texas School for the Deaf, plus the estimated 7,000 more deaf and hard of hearing children all across Texas, as well as their families, professionals, and the networks of support that hold us all together.

Generously sponsored by: Hilton-Austin, PSAV, Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD), Convo, The DiMare Family, Image Microsystems, Z, Baird-Farrelly Criminal Defense PLLC, Blazier Christensen Browder and Virr PC, Purple, Mark Seeger and Jeff Harper, Auction Source, PlansCapital Bank, Austin Regional Clinic (ARC), Capital Otolaryngology, Kramer Wealth Managers, Seton, Sorenson Communications, TSD Ranger Press, and Sprint Relay.

MORE: More information available at: https://tsdfoundation.org/diamond/.

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ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.

ABOUT TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF’S DIAMOND CHEFS GALA
The Diamond Chef’s gala began when the Hilton Austin formed a partnership with Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in 2007. At the time, Hilton Chef, Mark Dayanandan had just been named Diamond Chef, the highest honor among Hilton chefs worldwide. Dayanandan quickly developed a fondness and passion for working with TSD’s culinary students. TSD’s annual Diamond Chefs Gala was named in honor of Dayanandan’s prestigious Diamond Chef title. Today, the entire Hilton staff remains loyal and dedicated supporters of TSD, mentoring students year after year.

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