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March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter

220 West Exchange St. #003

Providence, RI  02903

(401) 454-1911

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    Record Number of Congressional Members Compete at March of Dimes 31st Annual Gourmet Gala

    House Speaker John Boehner and Elizabeth Roosevelt Johnston to speak

    Arlington, Va., April 10, 2013 —

    House Speaker John Boehner and Elizabeth Roosevelt Johnston to speak

    Come get served! Mingle with and sample recipes from more than 40 Members of Congress as they test their best recipes in a competitive cook-off to support the March of Dimes. The 31st Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, a fundraising dinner with a unique Capitol Hill flavor, will be held Wednesday, April 17, at the National Building Museum, 440 G St. NW, Washington, D.C., at 6pm.  All proceeds support March of Dimes programs and research aimed at preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

    Recognized by BizBash as one of “Washington’s Top 100 events in 2012,” all bets are off as Members of Congress participate as celebrity chefs.  Each will serve guests hors d’oeuvres based on their own recipe. The event will include the presentation of six distinguished awards to winning chefs: Best Presentation, Health and Happiness, American Regional Cuisine, Easiest Preparation, Best in Show and the People’s Choice.

    Adding to the excitement is this year’s theme, “Celebrating 75 years of the March of Dimes” honors this special time in March of Dimes history and its numerous accomplishments from polio to prematurity. A record number of Congressional Members will participate as celebrity chefs. Other distinguished guests include: House Speaker John Boehner, Bret Baier, FOX News Channel anchor and Gourmet Gala Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Jennifer Howse, March of Dimes president and Elizabeth Roosevelt Johnston, great-granddaughter of March of Dimes founder, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Senator Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) and Representative Gene Green (Texas) .

    Celebrity chefs include: U.S. Senators: John Barasso, Wyoming; Mark Begich, Alaska; Roy Blunt, Missouri; Richard Burr, North Carolina; Dan Coats, Indiana; Tom Coburn, Oklahoma; John Cornyn, Texas; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; Johnny Isakson, Georgia; Carl Levin, Michigan; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Jim Risch, Idaho; Pat Roberts, Kansas; and Tom Udall, New Mexico.

    U.S. Representatives: Robert Aderholt, Alabama; Sanford Bishop, Georgia; Vern Buchanan, Florida; Steve Cohen, Tennessee; Mike Conaway, Texas; Joe Crowley, New York; John Dingell, Michigan; Lloyd Doggett, Texas; Bill Flores, Texas; Phil Gingrey, Georgia; Ruben Hinojosa, Texas; Jack Kingston, Georgia; Doug Lamborn, Colorado; Robert Latta, Ohio; Tom Latham, Iowa; Dave Loebsack, Iowa; Ed Markey, Massachusetts; Mark Meadows, North Carolina; Jeff Miller, Florida; Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi; Ed Pastor, Arizona; Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico; Bill Posey, Florida; Tom Price, Georgia;  Hal Rogers, Kentucky; Mike Rogers, Michigan; Lucille Roybal-Allard, California; David Scott, Georgia;  Lee Terry, Nebraska; Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania; Filemon Vela, Texas; and Ted Yoho, Florida.

    Judging the cook-off will be a veritable who’s who of local celebrity chefs. Celebrity judge chair is Paul Zucconi, founder of La Colline.  He will be joined by: Jeff Buben of Vidalia, Ris Lacoste of Ris, Roger Wiles of Bistro Français and Joey Zucconi from Belga Café.

    Gourmet Gala co-chairs are Julianne Chambliss and Helen Green. The finance co-chairs are Bryan Anderson of Southern Company and Marc Gonzales of USTelecom Association.

    Individual tickets are $1,500. For the list of celebrity chefs and more information, visit www.marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc/events/events_GourmetGala.html

    Sponsors of the 31st Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala include the following (as of April 5):

    Regional Sponsors: Airlines for America, Altria, BNSF Railway, Coca Cola, DSM, Duke Energy, Edison Electric Institute, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, NEXTera Energy, Northrop Grumman, Southern Company and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

    Media sponsors:  CQ Roll Call, Inc. and Washington Life Magazine.

    About the March of Dimes

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life.  More than four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. 

    Contact:  Michele Murphy-Hedrick, (571) 257-2303, mmurphyhedrick@marchofdimes.com

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