TCC receives additional support for Cleaver & Cork

February 26, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. (February 26, 2018)—Tallahassee Community College has received two additional gifts to support TCC’s signature event, Cleaver & Cork, which raises funds for scholarships, programs and facilities enhancements. Proceeds from this year’s farm to table wine affair will be used to update two classrooms on TCC’s main campus. The gifts were presented at the February 19 meeting of the TCC District Board of Trustees.

Westminster Oaks and TCC officialsOne gift comes from Westminster Oaks Active Living Community in Tallahassee, which is investing $15,000 to create a new element of Cleaver & Cork called Session with Chef.

The Westminster Oaks Maguire Center for Life Long Learning will host Session with Chef at the community’s campus on Thursday, March 1. Session with Chef was created with the everyday home cook in mind and will include a live cooking demonstration with Chef Amanda Freitag preparing recipes from her cookbook “The Chef Next Door.”

Shannon Sauls, Westminster Oaks assistant executive director, noted that the partnership with TCC dates back many years, especially through TCC’s nursing program, which has placed students for clinical learning experiences in the Westminster Oaks Bertrand Health Center. The collaboration deepened in 2017 when the two organizations signed an agreement that includes learning sessions on the Westminster Oaks campus, mentoring opportunities for TCC students and several other programs.

“The relationship makes sense because so many Westminster Oaks residents are retired healthcare professionals and educators, and both Westminster Oaks and TCC are committed to supporting our community,” said Sauls.

Moore Communications Group and TCC officials hold big checkCleaver & Cork also garnered increased support from Tallahassee-based Moore Communications Group, which will become the event’s presenting sponsor. The company was a sponsor of Cleaver & Cork for the past two years, and this year will invest $35,000 in the third edition of Cleaver & Cork, which will be held on March 2.

Terrie Ard, president of Moore Communications Group, explained why the company chose to become the presenting sponsor.

“It comes down to two things,” said Ard. “We are proud to support TCC and its commitment to classroom innovation renovation, and this event really reflects the best of living in Tallahassee—breaking bread together to benefit the community.”

Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, noted that Moore Communications Group is a long-time supporter of TCC and that the company’s CEO, Karen Moore, has been a TCC trustee since 2007. Mitchell announced that TCC will name a classroom after the company to recognize its ongoing support for TCC’s students and programs.

Although Cleaver & Cork has sold out, tickets for Session with the Chef are still available.

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at or (850) 201-6067.