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    March of Dimes Hosts 2013 Signature Chefs Auction, Introducing the Meijer Chef Competition

    Ginger Feldman, Executive Director, (616) 247-6861, gfeldman@marchofdimes.com

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 23, 2013 —

    For the first time ever, participating chefs will compete to win bragging rights, as well as take home the 2013 Top Signature Chef Award. Restaurants will also be competing for best display, plate presentation, and best taste. The Meijer Chef’s Competition will be judged by: Doug Small, John “Gonzo” Gonzales, Chef Ray Sierengowski, and Mayor George Heartwell.  Awards will be presented on Monday, November 11, at the March of Dimes annual Signature Chefs Auction at DeVos Place. The gala, emceed by Christian Frank and Michele DeSelms of Fox 17, will feature exquisite eats from West Michigan’s top chefs, as well as exciting live and silent auction, and raffle items.

     “Grand Rapids top chefs with compete and all the guests will get an opportunity to taste their dishes at the event.” said Doug Small, Signature Chefs Auction Judge and president of Experience Grand Rapids.

    Participating chefs include Reserve Wine and Food, The Catering Company, One Trick Pony, YoChef's Catering Company, Olive's Restaurant, Amore Trattoria Italiana, CitySen Lounge, Mia & Grace, Cygnus 27, Applause Catering + Events, Charley’s Crab, FOODesign by Chef Brech, Spinnaker, Sundance Saloon & Steakhouse, and The Chop House.

    Guests will be invited to bid on hundreds of amazing auction and raffle items, ranging from wine tastings, family excursions and spa/salon packages to weekend getaways, golf outings and even jewelry. Big-ticket items include a pub crawl, New Holland Brewery, Vasaio and Ladies night out package.

    Funds raised by the Signature Chefs Auction support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies through lifesaving research and programs, such as prenatal education for doctors and nurses at community hospitals; the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. This year’s auction is expected to raise $250,000.

    “My twins, Jonah and Noah, were born three months early. ­ They directly benefited from the research and support provided by the March of Dimes. Together with your help, we want to ensure that all babies get the help they need for a healthy start.” Karen Dujovny, Signature Chefs Auction Event Chair and Grand Rapids Division Board Member. 

    Sponsors include: Dematic, Gold sponsor; Meijer, Chefs Competition Sponsor; Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation, Silver Sponsor; Todd Wenzel Automotive, Registration Sponsor; Foster Swift, Silent Auction Sponsor; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Gordon Food Service, Superior Foods Co and Sysco Grand Rapids as Bronze Sponsors; Alliance Beverage and Henry A Fox, Hospitality Sponsors; Fox 17, Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, HOTFM, WLAV, WJRW are media partners.

    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.

    Visit www.signaturechefsauctiongr.com or call (616) 247-6861 to find out how to get involved and for sponsorship, donation or volunteer information.



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