The Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation (OHF) is a charitable organization benefiting the restaurant, lodging and tourism industries in Oklahoma. As the philanthropic arm of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, the Foundation enhances the industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
The Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation (OHF) is:
A foundation that was created to present a positive connection between school, work and future employment for young people pursuing careers in the restaurant, culinary and hospitality fields;
A foundation that assists students with scholarships to pursue degrees in foodservice and hospitality. Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates, undergraduates and students pursuing masters and doctorate degrees;
A foundation that developed student programs to cultivate a new source of talent for the hospitality industry through partnerships dedicated to emphasizing classroom learning, work-based learning and mentoring programs leading to a recognized national certification; and
A foundation that provides educational certification, professional development, food safety and sanitation training and certification, supervisory development workshops and professional certification courses from the National Restaurant Association.
The OHF has:
Awarded over $600,000 in scholorships to students through institutions like the OSU College of Business School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, OSU-IT and teh other culinary programs.
Annually hosted the Oklahoma ProStart® Invitational, an annual culinary and management competition for high school students with scholarship awards and trophies; and
Remained active in 30 schools and technology centers throughout Oklahoma, with over 800 students participating in hospitality related classes.
Be a part of the OHF:
Recognize employees at the Hirst Hospitality Awards.
Be a worksite for interns.
Conduct a tour of your operation for schools.
Do a classroom demonstration or presentation in a school.
Make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the Foundation.
Be a financial contributing partner for Foundation events.
Be a stakeholder in the hospitality industry by investing in Oklahoma's youth and the future success of the industry within your state.
Make the Foundation a part of your estate planning with the OHF Planned Giving Program.
The ORA Expo date has been changed! The new dates of the event are Wednesday and Thursday - December 2-3, 2020. For the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors, the ORA Expo Promise will be implemented, which will provide numerous health and safety measures. Please make plans to join us for the ORA Expo in early December.
The ORA is proud to announce its Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP) campaign. The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates your restaurant's pledge for the safety of your staff and customers, by each following the Promise.
Oklahoma has implemented a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, and is currently in Phase 3 as of June 1, 2020. Click here to view the most up-to-date restaurant and bar guidelines.
In order to serve our members in recovery and restart efforts, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has developed a “live” google document of businesses who offer products and services specific to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as a list of providers for menu and promotional solutions. Relative businesses may at any time add themselves to this list, which can be accessed by clicking here.