Columbus, OH

The Keith & Donica Key Amphitheater

Columbus State Community College has its new home for the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Located at 250 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell Hall had its grand reveal Monday, August 12, 2019.

This $34.5 million facility was supported by a $10 million private fundraising campaign and will double the school’s hospitality and culinary program’s capacity.

The new 80,000-square-foot building includes a 100-seat culinary theater, seven teaching kitchens, a mixology lab, a café and bakery, a 50-seat student-run restaurant with patio seating, a community garden, a 600-person conference center and much more. Inside, the building is open-concept, with space for students to learn and also do demonstration projects in the kitchen.

Keith B. Key, Chairman of the KBK Foundation, was a contributor to the new state of the art facility. Due to his generous gift, Mitchell Hall’s outdoor amphitheater has been appropriately named The Keith & Donica Key Amphitheater. Mr. Key’s wife, Donica Key, is an alumni of the college.

“The Key family is honored to support the development of Mitchell Hall, which promises to establish Columbus State Community College as Ohio’s Culinary Capital. The students and guests of the college will have access to the finest facilities and training in addition to the best professors in the industry. The impact of Mitchell Hall will be recognized locally, nationally, and worldwide!”, said Key.

Key has been a long standing board member of The Columbus State Foundation. Additionally he is a well regarded philanthropist that is committed to supporting higher education. The KBK Foundation offers a scholarship to qualifying employees of KBK Enterprises and to qualifying residents at the development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises.Mitchell Hall

Columbus State Community College

Keith B. Key is a Columbus State Foundation Board member. The KBK Foundation is an annual sponsor and supporter of Taste The Future.  Taste The Future is Columbus State’s annual culinary gala featuring more than 50 of some of Columbus’ finest restaurants, chefs, and catering companies. This makes Taste the Future the largest and most diverse culinary showcase in central Ohio. Over 1,000 plus attendees sample all sorts of cuisine from beef to shellfish and deserts.  The annual event raises money to support student scholarships and special programs at the college. Many of the participating restaurants at the event feature graduates of the Columbus State Chef Apprentice program. Over the past decade, Taste the Future has raised more than $1 million in scholarship support.

Ohio State University

Keith B. Key, former football player, alumnus, and Foundation Board Director at The Ohio State University, committed $1 million to the Office of Student Life to support the newly named Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service located in the Ohio Union.  This premier facility meets the changing needs of students at The Ohio State University by serving as a center of activity, community dialogue and learning. The Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service is a place where students can discover and enhance their leadership skills through workshops, community service, sororities and fraternities, or one of more than 1,000 student organizations. The Center is students’ point of connection for the full spectrum of involvement at Ohio State. In the Center, students can connect with leadership and service initiatives, engage with student organizations, advance learning, and create lasting memories. The Center offers programs, resources, and services for individuals and student groups to help students take the next step in membership, leadership, and citizenship.

National Football Foundation

The KBK Foundation, served as the title sponsor for The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame in hosting its 53rd annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet. The NFF Awards are presented to top high school and college football scholar-athletes in the Central Ohio Area for their commitment in the classroom and on the field. The KBK Foundation, presented the first ever KBK Leadership Awards.

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