University to Honor SYSCO CEO, Philanthropist Bruce J. Schwartz at Harvest Auction 2003


University to Honor SYSCO CEO, Philanthropist Bruce J. Schwartz at Harvest Auction 2003
Bruce J. Schwartz, retiring chairman and chief executive officer of SYSCO Food Services of Los Angeles Inc., will be honored at Harvest Auction 2003.

The Collins School of Hospitality Management will host hundreds from the wine and food industry during Harvest Auction 2003, scheduled Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Proceeds from the annual black-tie gala will support scholarships as well as the upgrade of classroom and laboratory space.

This year?s Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award will be presented to Bruce J. Schwartz, retiring chairman and chief executive officer of SYSCO Food Services of Los Angeles Inc. The award honors individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the American wine and food industry. Prior honorees include Jim and Carol Collins, Alice Waters and Julia Child.

Harvest Auction 2003 features a four-course dining experience prepared by acclaimed chef Mark Peel of Campanile restaurant as well as a live and silent auctions of items such as dinners prepared by celebrity and master chefs in the home, restaurant-quality culinary equipment and unique travel packages. Acclaimed auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski, coined the ?Goddess of the Gavel? by Food & Wine magazine, will lead the live auction.

Schwartz was chosen as this year?s recipient of the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award to recognize his 31 years in the food service industry. He started out in the warehouse at a small grocery company and worked his way up through customer service and sales marketing. He was promoted to sales manager, then vice president of sales before taking the lead in his current position at SYSCO, the largest foodservice marketing and distribution company in North America. He has served as a dedicated member of the Board of Advisors of The Collins School of Hospitality Management for five years and generously supported the students.

The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is ranked among the top three undergraduate hospitality management schools in the United States. Students receive a superior education in this state-of-the-art facility, where they learn to apply hospitality management theories and concepts to real-word settings. Part of this unique academic experience includes managing and operating The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, a fine dining restaurant in The Collins School.

Tickets to Harvest Auction are available. For more information, visit http://e-advancement.cpp.edu/harvest or call Barbara Russell at (909) 869-4471.