The Al Pollard Memorial Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the funds raised will continue to be used for scholarships and local charitable giving.
Many will say that Downtown Roanoke was energized by the vision and persistence of Al Pollard and his partners. Al’s memory continues in hundreds of stories about his helping, encouraging and motivating his many friends and associates. The Al Pollard Memorial Foundation (APMF) was created to honor the life of a man whose contribution to individuals added up to an important impact on the entire community.
The First Annual APMF Golf Tournament and Gala in 2006 generated over one hundred thousand dollars in contributions, sponsorships and ticket sales. The overwhelming response from the community paved the way for the largest single contribution to Virginia Western Community College. The APMF donation is specifically designated for Institute of Culinary Arts scholarships at the Higher Education Center in downtown Roanoke.
The spirit of helping students start their careers in the culinary arts is in perfect harmony with the opportunities Al Pollard generated in Roanoke’s restaurant community. We are looking forward to the influence the culinary school will have on what is already a fantastic collection of food venues and restaurants.
Our intention is to keep Al’s memory alive through the APMF and it is growing into a product of the vision he had for Roanoke. The natural focus on the food service community in relationship to our support for the Institute of Culinary Arts is creating opportunities that span much farther than anyone expected.