Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ryan Wells Foundation Inc

  • Palm Harbor, FL
  • www.ryanwellsfoundation.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the culinary arts and hospitality education of Pinellas County students through scholarships for post-secondary education & support of culinary programs. Our vision is to provide encouragement, opportunities, and resources for students to become tomorrow's industry leaders and philanthropists.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
  2. Cooking for a Cause
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The culinary programs and students of Dixie Hollins High, Northeast High, Osceola High, Tarpon Springs High and Clearwater and St. Petersburg Pinellas Technical College

ruling year

2005

Executive Director

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Ashley Giasone

Keywords

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culinary arts, hospitality

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EIN

04-3824815

 Number

3269878084

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Scholarships

Student scholarships for post-secondary education in the fields of culinary arts and hospitality represent 50 to 60% of the Ryan Wells Foundation’s annual funding.

From 2006 to 2015, the Ryan Wells Foundation has awarded scholarships to 96 high school students in Pinellas County in the amount of $540,500. Scholarship amounts range from $500 up to $20,000. Scholarships are dispersed over a 2-year or 4-year period to ensure a student’s graduation and long-term success rate.

Scholarships provide students a greater chance of attending and completing their continued studies a post-secondary institution, especially in Culinary Arts where tuition can be costly.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Cooking for a Cause

Our Cooking for a Cause program begins in the classrooms of Dixie Hollins, Northeast, Osceola, and Tarpon High schools and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Pinellas Technical College campuses by enriching the curriculum being taught with concepts including nutrition, menu planning, preparation, storage and service of food for the masses as well as the importance of philanthropy. The students then apply their knowledge in the kitchen and prepare meals on a rotating basis during the school year for Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP), a homeless shelter in Pinellas County serving 400+ men, women and children from infancy to 62+ years.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Homeless

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The culinary programs and students of Dixie Hollins High, Northeast High, Osceola High, Tarpon Springs High and Clearwater and St. Petersburg Pinellas Technical College

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RYAN WELLS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Executive Director

Ashley Giasone

BIO

Ashley is a true Florida native, born in St. Petersburg, Florida. Growing up under the Wells household, she was a loving, older sister to Ryan and was very dedicated to her education to make her parents proud. Her first official job other than neighborhood babysitter was for Delectables Catering in Palm Harbor, Florida. She is a University of Florida graduate where she earned her Bachelors degree in Business Management as well as a University of Central Florida graduated where she earned a Masters Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Upon completion of her degrees, she first worked at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East hotel in the sales office, and after a year moved to Sarasota, Florida where her and her husband Mike had purchased their first house. She helped open the Hyatt Place Sarasota/Bradenton Airport hotel as Sales Manager and after one year, was promoted to the Director of Sales where she remained three years until she gave birth to her first child, Jake. Ashley has helped the growth of the Ryan Wells Foundation since creation and to a deeper degree the last couple years, with the responsibilities of event planning, marketing, grant writing, school culinary advisory committee member, and much more. While she dearly misses her brother Ryan, she could not be more thankful for the legacy he has left behind and the ability he has given her to fulfill the dreams of students across Pinellas County. Ashley continues to reside in Sarasota, Florida and is very active in the Junior League of Sarasota. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Wells

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