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Circle March 1, 2024 on your calendar and make plans to attend the 20th edition of Le Gourmet.

The event draws more than 200 people annually and we’re certain you will want to be one of them. It is a time for us to pause and honor our best and express our gratitude to those who have previously supported us. This past year’s event raised more than $100,000—a record.

Event Details

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA

ATTIRE: Cocktail or Semi-Formal

Contact Theresa Lind, lindtl@jmu.edu with questions about sponsorships, tickets or making a donation to the live or silent auction.

SILENT AUCTION: If you are unable to attend in-person, there is still a way for you to be involved. The silent auction will be online and open to all, starting Friday, February 23, 2024.

LIVE AUCTION: This will take place at the event, but be sure to check the website ahead of time to see the amazing items we will be auctioning

Each ticket includes a cocktail reception, three-course meal, two drink tickets, unlimited beer, wine, cider and seltzer, access to participate in the live auction and an amazing time connecting with faculty, fellow alumni, industry partners and the Hart School Advisory Board.

Individual Ticket: $250

Recent Graduates (2018-2023): $150

Table (10): $2,250

Purchase Tickets

Le Gourmet provides multiple ways to engage and give back. Become a sponsor, purchase a ticket and/or donate an auction item. Help us, help our students. No item is too big or too small, every donation makes a positive impact.

Champion Sponsor - $12,500

  • 20 individual tickets (two tables, 20 guests)
  • Commemorative gift
  • Name or organization's logo on JMU Le Gourmet website
  • Signage throughout for your sponsorship
  • Prominent note of your sponsorship in the evening's program
  • Name or organization's logo in a continuous multimedia loop throughout the event

Captain Sponsor - $8,500

  • 10 individual tickets (one table, 10 guests)
  • Commemorative gift
  • Name or organization's logo on JMU Le Gourmet website
  • Signage throughout for your sponsorship
  • Prominent note of your sponsorship in the evening's program
  • Name or organization's logo in a continuous multimedia loop throughout the reception

 Coach Sponsor - $5,500

  • 6 individual tickets
  • Commemorative gift
  • Name or organization's logo on JMU Le Gourmet website
  • Signage throughout for your sponsorship
  • Prominent note of your sponsorship in the evening's program
  • Name or organization's logo in a continuous multimedia loop throughout the reception

 Host Sponsor - $4,000

  • 4 individual tickets
  • Commemorative gift
  • Name or organization's logo on JMU Le Gourmet website
  • Prominent note of your sponsorship in the evening's program
  • Name or organization's logo in a continuous multimedia loop throughout the reception

 Teammate Sponsor - $1,500

  • 2 individual tickets
  • Name or organization's logo on JMU Le Gourmet website
  • Prominent note of your sponsorship in the evening's program
  • Name or organization's logo in a continuous multimedia loop throughout the reception

Become a Sponsor

The James Madison University Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that acts as the depository for contributions supporting the Le Gourmet event held by the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. The amount of any contribution that is tax-deductible is limited to the excess of any money over the value of goods or services provided. We recommend you consult your tax advisor regarding the value of your tax deduction.

The Hart School is dedicated to the development of future leaders in hospitality, sport and recreation management through a course of study that maximizes the potential of individuals and society. Generous giving to our program helps continue the tradition of supporting excellence in research, scholarship and learning. All proceeds raised from Le Gourmet enhance the educational experience for our students while infusing energy into the program which assures increased vitality and long-term stability. This includes endeavors such as:

  • Student scholarships   
  • Student experiential learning trips (NCAA Final Four, Torchy’s Tacos Operators Conference, Women in Food Service Conference, PGA Tour’s BMW Championship, Wyndham Global Conference, and Business of Baseball)
  • Student attendance at conferences (CMAA Annual World Conference, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Conferences, and the Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders Conference)
  • Faculty travel to industry events and conferences

Please consider donating an item for our silent and live auctions. We are seeking a variety of donations (e.g., experiential donations and tangible items) that will attract some competitive bidding. Your generous support and assistance help us reach our goals. 

Specific questions about donating auction items can be sent to Alyssa Bosley, bosleyat@jmu.edu.

Donate an item

The Hart School has secured a room block for Le Gourmet guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.

Deluxe Rooms are available for $189 + taxes. A limited number of rooms are available, so please be sure to book early.

Book your room

Reserve your room before February 2, 2024

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