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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Congressman Hinojosa wins “Best in Show” and five other winners announced at March of Dimes 31st Annual Gourmet Gala

    Speaker Boehner attended the event which celebrated the Foundation’s 75th Anniversary

    Arlington, Va., April 18, 2013 —

    Things heated up last night as 44 Members of Congress traded their suits for aprons at the March of Dimes 31st Annual Gourmet Gala, a unique cooking competition with a Capitol Hill flair. The fundraising dinner was held Wednesday, April 17, at the National Building Museum and benefitted the March of Dimes. This year, a record number of Congressional Members participated as celebrity chefs to support the March of Dimes, and they did not disappoint. Mouth-watering recipes featuring local flavors from Members’ home states were presented for tasting and six prestigious awards were presented to winning chefs.

    This year’s winners:
    • BEST IN SHOW: Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Marty Hinojosa’s
    Guacamole

    • BEST PRESENTATION: Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Jeanie Lamborn’s Garden of the Gods Mixed Green Salad with Crispy Parmesan Tuiles

    • HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Suzanne Conaway’s
    Spinach Balls

    • AMERICAN REGIONAL CUISINE: Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Carolyn Coburn’s
    Bison Sliders

    • EASIEST PREPARATION: Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Bobbi Barrasso’s PIG “TAILS”

    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Tori Nunnelee’s Slow Cooker Grits with Bourbon Mushrooms

    More than 600 attended the event, which raised more than $ 925,000 to support March of Dimes programs and research. For the list of celebrity chefs, judges, winning recipes and to learn more about Gourmet Gala, visit www.marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc/events/events_GourmetGala.html. To view event photos, please visit our Facebook Members of Congress photo gallery and event photo gallery.

    Other highlights of the evening included the celebration of the March of Dimes 75th Anniversary, which was the theme of the event. The evening also featured distinguished guests: 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, as well as event co-chairs, Julianne Chambliss and Helen Green, wives of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Representative Gene Green, (D-TX), (respectively). These distinguished speakers highlighted the numerous achievements of the March of Dimes over the past 75 years, from polio to prematurity, and spoke to the importance of the organization’s ongoing role and mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

    Sponsors of the 31st Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala include the following:
    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.

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

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