Rouses Markets Donates $25,000 from New Store to Nicholls

Rouses donation 2019 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 12/11/19

THIBODAUX, La. — Rouses Markets has donated $25,000 from their new store’s opening day sales to benefit Nicholls State University student-athletes and culinarians. 

The donation will be split into two $12,500 contributions, with one going to the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and another going to the Nicholls Athletic Department. 

“This is fun and exciting. Nicholls State University and Rouses Markets are from the same town, we’re some of the largest employers in town, and we interact with a lot of people. This is all about being a part of a community,” said Donny Rouse, CEO of Rouses Markets. “Just to be able to talk with people around town that see what we’re doing with Nicholls and what Nicholls is doing with Rouses is great. And it’s not just in Thibodaux. If I’m in Lafayette or Baton Rouge, people are talking about it.” 

Located at 1030 South Acadia Road across from Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, the store is Rouse’s first college-themed store. Catered to Nicholls students and healthcare professionals, the store’s interior is painted red and gray and features Nicholls images and logos throughout. 

“Rouse’s Markets have been a long-time partner of Nicholls. They have always been generous, and this is one more example of their generosity. This money will go a long way here,” said Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune. “This new store has been a game-changer for us. I know a lot of our students, faculty and staff spend their lunch hour there, and they spend a lot of money there. It’s a gift to the community and Nicholls.”

Culinary Head Chef John Kozar said the money will be used to send students to study at Institut Paul Bocuse in Ecully, France. Athletic Director Matt Roan said the money will be used to benefit all student-athletes.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2019

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