Elegant Culinary Event Benefits Babies and Families

Phoenix, Arizona | Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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The annual Phoenix Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes is set for November 11, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale. Top area chefs will prepare gourmet dishes to delight even the most discriminating palate. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on amazing one-of-a-kind items and experiences in the silent and live auction. Shane and Shawnee Doherty are serving as event chairs and Matt Rodewald, FOX 10 Phoenix anchor/reporter, will emcee.

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. Approximately 11 chefs are donating their time and talent to create delicious culinary tastings for more than 250 guests.

Participating Chefs and Restaurants: (as of 9/25/18)

  • Chef Alan "Skip" Hause, Gertrude's (2018 Honorary Chef)
  • Chef Tom Freimuth, Talking Stick Resort 
  • Chef Ron Dimas, Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort
  • Chef Matthew Taylor, Mora Italian
  • Chef Vincent Guerithault, Vincent on Camelback
  • Chef Tony Rea, Creations in Cuisine Catering
  • Chef Toni Gordillo, Wild Thyme Restaurant Group
  • Chef Michelle R. Daniels, All About Food & Banner Health Care
  • Chef Brett Vibber, Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
  • Chef Ned Heath, Intentional Foods
  • Chef Thomas Riordan, Sheraton Grand at Wildhorse Pass

At the event, guests will hear the moving story of the Mitzie and Jeremy Warner and their son, Dylan. Two years ago, Mitzie unexpectedly went into preterm labor at 25 weeks. Thanks, in part, to medicines developed by March of Dimes, doctors were able to delay the birth for about a week. Baby Dylan was born at 26 weeks – a micro preemie weighing just 1 pound, eight ounces. Due to his extreme prematurity, doctors weren’t sure if he would survive. The family was heartbroken, but tried to stay hopeful. After four hard fought months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Mitzie and Jeremy were able to take their baby home. Today, Dylan is an adorable, strong willed, two-year-old. 

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 or call 602-287-9936.

The event is supported by Presenting Sponsor, Talking Stick Resort, Farmers Insurance, Mark Quinzi - District Manager and Bank of the West. Signature media partner is PHOENIX Magazine. SURF is also a media partner.

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.

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