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Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts St. Louis Donates Funds From Dinner and a Movie Event to Ronald McDonald House Charities

ST. PETERS, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2009) - Le Cordon Bleu College (LCB) of Culinary Arts St. Louis donated funds raised by their sponsorship of the "Julie & Julia" Dinner and a Movie event to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) on Oct. 27.

Le Cordon Bleu Schools across the nation participated in celebration of one of the most famous alumni of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Julia Child. The students from LCB were honored to help celebrate the release of the movie “Julie & Julia” with a three-course meal, all of which was featured in the movie, and a film screening. Starting with a watercress soup, the meal was followed by one of Julia’s signature dishes Boeuf Bourguignon and finished with a delicious chocolate cream pie.

In attendance for both the event as well as the donation was Chef Vicki Davenport, director of education at LCB St. Louis.

"The 'Julie & Julia' event was our first foray into community service, but certainly not our last," she said. "We at Le Cordon Bleu look forward to being a vital part of the St. Louis culinary community. We are consistently encouraged to work each day to better a student’s experience, and I believe our partnership with RMHC does just that. As our President Todd Pearson always reminds us, 'We are in the business of changing lives.'"

The film, an adaptation of two bestselling memoirs, Powell's Julie & Julia and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, features Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie.

Also on hand for the check presentation was Mandy Tipton, development coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities for Metro St. Louis.

"We greatly value the support from our community and organizations like Le Cordon Bleu," said Tipton. "The money raised and fundraisers such as these go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis and stay here in the St. Louis area. We are excited to announce that we are breaking ground on our 3rd Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis in November in West County on the campus of St. John’s Mercy. We can only expand our facilities and serve more families because of support that we have from our community."

Faculty members, as well as our students, are dedicated not only to academic achievement, but also staying active and giving back to our community.

About Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (LCB), located just outside St. Louis in St. Peters, Mo., offers culinary students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the culinary arts. LCB in St. Louis currently offers a Certificate in Professional Culinary Arts. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The ACICS is a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. LCB does not guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information, please visit www.Chefs.edu.

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About the Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Families and children being cared for at seventy-three percent of the most prestigious children’s hospitals in the world benefit from one or more of the RMHC core programs. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most - right in their own communities. RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children's lives through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®. RMHC and its global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $460 million in grants and program services to children's programs around the world. These programs and grants provide a bridge to accessible health care and allow families more time together, which helps in the healing process.

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