Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation to Kick Off Annual Fund for Excellence with “A Taste of Pennington Biomedical” on Sept. 28

Aug. 28, 2023
For more information, contact Ernie Ballard,, 225-263-2677

BATON ROUGE – On Sept. 28, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation will officially kick off its Annual Fund for Excellence. To celebrate the beginning of this year’s annual fund campaign, the foundation is hosting “A Taste of Pennington Biomedical,” an event offering an “inside look” at what makes the Pennington Biomedical Research Center so special.

During the event, donors can tour some of Pennington Biomedical’s state-of-the-art labs and meet some of its world-renowned scientists, all while sampling specialty wines from Napa Valley-based Frias Family Vineyard and Sonoma Valley-based Lombardi Wines. They can also enjoy offerings from local brewery Agile Brewing and a menu inspired by recipes from our Metabolic Kitchen, expertly curated by Executive Chef Jeremy Coco. Vintners Tony Lombardi and Manny Frias, along with Brewmaster Keith Primeaux, will personally manage the pouring.

“This year’s fundraising goal for the Annual Fund is $650,000. We are looking forward to hosting a very special group of individuals who are committed to getting us off to a great start by making sure that by the end of the evening, we have raised $50,000 toward that ultimate goal,” said Pennington Biomedical President and CEO Rebecca Schutte.

For more information or to register for the event (space is limited), visit the Taste.

“Donors and friends of Pennington Biomedical get to support the great research taking place here every day,” said Pennington Biomedical Executive Director Dr. John Kirwan. “This event lets people ‘peek behind the curtain’ so to speak and get a first-hand look inside our laboratories and interact with our world-renowned researchers, all while enjoying some great wines and a great social event.”

About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. The Center architected the national “Obecity, USA” awareness and advocacy campaign to help solve the obesity epidemic by 2040. The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with LSU.

The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 480 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel. Pennington Biomedical a state-of-the-art research facility on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge.

For more information, see

Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808