The mission of the Grand Tour Foundation is to raise and distribute funds to student scholarship foundations and to non-profit organizations purposed to provide educational programs to students pursuing careers in the hospitality and tourism industries.
The Grand Tour Foundation was established in 2010 to serve its mission through fundraising events while allowing local donors and partners the opportunity to make a difference for industry students.
The appeal of special events for the hospitality and tourism industry in Central Florida provides a community experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. The celebration of what we do, who we are, and where we live are reflected in the awards and events created.
Past Events produced by Dr. Mary Jo Ross
2011 Grand Tour Gala “Argentina” at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
2012 Grand Tour Gala “Bombay” at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
2013 Grand Tour Gala “Paris” at Hyatt Regency Orlando
2014 Grand Tour Gala “London” at Hilton Orlando
2015 Dick Pope Legacy Awards Luncheon at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
2016 Dick Pope Legacy Awards Luncheon
2017 Dick Pope Legacy Awards Luncheon at Cuba Libre, Orlando
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Director, Dr. Mary Jo Ross
Secretary, Bill Singleton, Events Coast to Coast
Rob Kimelman, CPA