Johnson County Community College

Project: Hospitality & Culinary Academy
Grant Amount: $450,000 over three years
Total Project Cost: $13 million

In 2011, The Sunderland Foundation pledged $450,000 to support construction of the Hospitality & Culinary Academy, which is set to open its doors in late 2013. The Hospitality & Culinary Academy is one of the premier culinary training programs in the nation.

The Johnson County Community College Hospitality Management Programs has become a major resource for employers, employees and would-be entrepreneurs in the food service industry in the Midwest and across the country as a whole. The Hospitality & Culinary Academy allows for the Hospitality Program to build upon its success with a new up-to-date facility.

Kansas City Zoo

Project: Penguin Plaza
Grant Amount: $250,000 over three years
Total Project Cost: $15 million

Kansas City Zoo Penguin Plaza

In 2012, The Sunderland Foundation pledged $250,000 to support construction of the Penguin Plaza, which is set to open in late 2013. The Penguin Plaza is a world-class, indoor, cold and warm-weather exhibit with three aquariums showcasing saltwater aquatic life.

The sub-Antarctica exhibit with a 100,000 gallon pool will house various fish and a coral reef ecosystem.

University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center

Project: Construction of Laboratories to achieve National Cancer Institute Designation
Grant Amount: $1,000,000 over five years
Total Project Cost: $35 Million

Kansas City Zoo Penguin Plaza

In 2009, The Sunderland Foundation pledged $1,000,000 to support construction and renovation of laboratory space. With additional cancer laboratory space, the University Of Kansas Hospital was able to recruit, retain and fully utilize leading cancer-focused research scientists and develop a solid clinical trials infrastructure.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center met all the criteria and they earned the National Cancer Institute Designation in June 2012.

Arbor Day Foundation - Nebraska City, Nebraska

Project: Construction of Discovery Ride Pavilion & Depot
Grant Amount: $40,000
Total Project Cost: $400,000

Kansas City Zoo Penguin Plaza

In 2011, The Sunderland Foundation pledged $40,000 to support construction of the Discovery Ride Gathering Pavilion/Depot. This is a gathering point where groups can learn about what they will see on the Discovery Ride tram ride around the 260-acre Arbor Day Tree farm property in Nebraska City, Nebraska.