Amazon Expands Partnership with Tallahassee Community College

January 6, 2023

TCC Foundation Announces Amazon as Cleaver and Cork Presenting Sponsor

The Tallahassee Community College has announced Amazon as the presenting sponsor of Cleaver and Cork 2023. The $25,000 sponsorship made by Amazon provides the foundation to make Cleaver and Cork 2023 a success.

In November, Amazon selected TCC as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice Program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees access to training programs in HVAC, Machining, and Welding. The announcement came in advance of the scheduled opening of the new Amazon fulfillment center in 2023. The fulfillment center will create around 1,000 full-time jobs with good pay and comprehensive benefits that start day one. Amazon's current customer fulfillment footprint in Florida includes facilities in Davenport, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, and Ruskin. 

“I want to thank Amazon for their commitment to their employees and their commitment to being a good partner in their community,” said Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College. “We think it says a lot that Amazon has chosen to become the presenting sponsor of Cleaver and Cork, a signature event that our Foundation has become known for that raises thousands of dollars each year to help our College make college affordable for the students who choose to come to us. We look forward to a continued relationship and partnership.”

“Amazon is so excited to enter the Tallahassee market and to be a presenting sponsor of this year’s Cleaver and Cork event,” said Cristal Cole, Amazon’s Public Policy Lead for the Southeast. “We are very proud that Tallahassee Community College joined our Career Choice Program allowing us to provide prepaid educational opportunities for our hourly employees once the facility launches here in Tallahassee. At Amazon, it really is our mission to be a good neighbor and community partner. Our trailblazing commitment to purposeful giving is at the core of who we are. We look forward to a wonderful partnership with TCC.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Amazon in presenting this year’s Cleaver and Cork event series,” said Heather Mitchell, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at TCC and Executive Director of the TCC Foundation. “One of the things that Amazon does really well is provide support for the local communities they call home. This partnership is not just about TCC or our students, it is about supporting our local hospitality community as well.”

“Time and again, Amazon has proven that the local communities they call home benefit greatly from their presence and we certainly look forward to that here in Tallahassee,” said City Commissioner Curtis Richardson. “We are so grateful that they chose Tallahassee for their new home for their most technologically-advanced retail warehouse and we are lucky that their support extends to supporting one of our signature events at Tallahassee Community College. This support speaks to their strong belief that supporting the local community benefits us all.”


About Cleaver and Cork

Cleaver and Cork is a three-party culinary experience expertly crafted by the Tallahassee Community College Foundation. Born from the passion of creating opportunities for students to define and reach their education and career goals, proceeds from Cleaver and Cork events will directly fund student scholarships.

The Progressive Cocktail Party will kick off the 2023 Cleaver and Cork on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Tickle your taste buds with carefully curated cuisine from five local restaurants. The Signature Dinner is the original exclusive dinner experience. Taking place on Friday evening, March 3, it will feature a four-course meal curated by Iron Chef Michael Symon. The Food and Wine Festival rounds out the week on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the campus of Tallahassee Community College with more than 60 Tasting tents featuring restaurants and food vendors will serve up delicious bites and libations from across North Florida. The full event schedule can be found at:


About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.