Signature Chefs Auctions pay tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs from the Cedar Rapids area, while raising significant funds to help in the fight against prematurity. Local chefs present their signature dishes in tasting-size portions during a cocktail reception. A live auction follows with packages that may include unique dinner experiences with the Signature Chefs! It’s an evening of fabulous food and good company! You won’t want to miss this year’s Signature Chefs Auction!
Event Chair - Keith Rippy, Area Ambulance
“Signature Chefs Auction on of my favorite event with top-notch cuisine, a fabulous live auction, and unique evening among friends. Personally and professionally, I support the March of Dimes mission, which is why am working towards raising a record-setting goal of $100,000 as Event Chairman. The March of Dimes mission is a strong passion of mine because of the experiences of one of my long tenured staff members. She gave birth to their son, Jamison, 14 weeks premature. Jamison struggled with numerous setbacks and triumphs spending 88 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Because of his incredible medical team, and the research and advancements of the March of Dimes, Jamison is now a healthy 2 year old boy. Please make a difference today by making a Fund the Mission donation to support our tiniest citizens.” Thank you, Keith
Ambassador Family - Valenta Family
On June 23, 2009, Lincoln Valenta was born at just 26 weeks gestation, weighing only 2 pounds, 10 ounces– about the size of a beanie baby. During the 98 days that he spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lincoln overcame many obstacles including infections, multiple procedures, battling brain bleeding, and working through retinopathy of prematurity. Now five years old, he continues to be involved in physical, feeding, eye, and occupational therapies, and working with his Spastic Displegia Cerebral Palsy. Nothing will slow Lincoln or his family down– his parents Zak and Mégan, and siblings Alexaundra and Maddox. This year, they are serving as the Signature Chef’s Ambassador family to help raise essential funds and bring awareness to the March of Dimes mission.
Thank You to our Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust
Gold Sponsors: Area Ambulance, Bergan Paulsen, CRST International, Mercy Medical Center, Mohnsen Family and Skogman Realty
Silver Sponsors: TrueNorth, Tyler, Link, and Barnes DDS and Valenta Plumbing
Thank you to our participating Signature Chefs
Cedar Rapids Country Club – Chef Roger Anderhalden
DoubleTree by Hilton – Chef Nazim Khan
The Wright Touch Cupcakery-Bake Shoppe – Chef Debbie Wright
Zins – Chef Chris Miller
Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar
Schedule of Events:
6:30pm – Doors open
6:30pm – Cocktails, Cuisine Tasting and Silent Auction
7:45pm – Live Auction & Ambassador Presentation
9:00pm – Closing Remarks
For opportunities to support this event please contact Andrea Skow at 319-693-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.