DENVER SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION OCTOBER 4

Elegant Gala to Benefit Moms and Babies

Denver, Colorado | Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Diane Droege
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The annual Denver Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes is set for October 4, 2018, at Mile High Station. Top chefs will prepare gourmet dishes to delight even the most discriminating palate and guests will have the opportunity to bid on amazing one-of-a-kind items and experiences in the silent and live auction. Denise Plante, midday personality at 106.7 The Bull and host of Colorado and Company on KUSA 9News, is serving as emcee and celebrity chair.  

The philanthropic event raises critical funds to benefit the March of Dimes mission to lead the fight to improve the health of all moms and babies. Area chefs donate their time and talent to prepare creative culinary tastings for more than 300 guests.

Participating Chefs and Restaurants: (as of 9/26/18)

  •          Brian Rosen, Seasons 52
  •          801 Chophouse
  •          Chef Ian Kleinman, The Inventing Room
  •          Chefs Victoria Wolf & Rich Ouellette, Victoria’s Gluten Free Kitchen
  •          Chris Starkus, Urban Farmer
  •          Matt Thaner, STK
  •          Chef Steve Weber, Zinc Kitchen +Bar
  •          Chef Heather Carr, Footers Catering and Events
  •          Chef Kalix, Personal Chef

At the event, guests will hear the moving story of the Conley family: Kendal and Tyler, their twin girls, Kenna and Zoey, and son Beckham. Kendal and Tyler were thrilled to learn that Kendal was carrying twins but that excitement turned to worry when an ultrasound showed the fetuses, identical twins each in their own amniotic sacs, were sharing one placenta. That meant a higher risk for the rare and serious Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, or TTTS, which in simple terms means babies share blood vessels that lead to one baby receiving extra blood flow and the other baby getting too little. Untreated, one or both of the babies die 80 to 100 percent of the time.

The condition had progressed so fast that the only option was surgery. A team of specialists performed a successful laser surgery that separated 11 blood vessels. At about 30 weeks Kendal’s water broke and doctors performed a c-section to deliver the babies. The girls were whisked away and immediately placed on ventilators to help them breathe since lungs don’t fully develop until 36 weeks. Baby Kenna and Zoey fought hard and after weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) they were able to go home and join their 2-year-old brother, Beckham.

March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. Funds raised at Signature Chefs Auction help support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start.

For more information visit signaturechefs.org/denver or call (303) 305-1227.

Signature Chefs Auction is sponsored by The Melting Pot, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Lockton Companies. Media Partners include Moxtopia and KOSI.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.