SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8

Elegant Culinary Event Benefits Babies and Families

Seattle, WA | Monday, November 5, 2018

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Diane Droege
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The annual Seattle Signature Chefs Auction to benefit March of Dimes is set for November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. 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 live auction. Allan Fee, from Warm 106.9 will emcee.

At the event, long time March of Dimes supporter, Stephen Berry, Chief Financial Officer, Power Digital Solutions GE, will be honored for his outstanding leadership and commitment to our mission. His daughter Mallory was born at 28 weeks so he has a personal understanding and appreciation of the organization. According to Stephen, “I support the mission of March of Dimes because of the research that has proven to give babies a chance for a successful start in life.” Mallory wasn’t breathing when she was born and was given surfactant, a medicine to help her breathe. Surfactant therapy was developed by March of Dimes. Stephen feels strongly about paying it forward and supporting March of Dimes research saying, “If people before us hadn't been so generous, we wouldn’t have a daughter.”  

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. Seattle chefs are donating their time and talent to create delicious culinary tastings for more than 200 guests. 

Participating Chefs and Restaurants: 

• Jason Aldous – Friday Harbor House

• John Armstrong – Sheraton Seattle Hotel

• Mike Landon – Loulay 

• Dante Rivera – Dante’s inferno Dogs

At the event, guests will hear the moving story of three families who met and developed an unbreakable bond while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Swedish. The families are Jordan and Everly Babineaux and son, Jace; Andrew and Melissa Powell and daughter Daisy; and  Kial McGaw and daughter Wyatt. The families shared “room 1” in the NICU and along with March of Dimes, supported one another during the emotional rollercoaster of life in the NICU. According to the families, “Our hope is that by sharing our stories, it will raise awareness of the amazing work that March of Dimes is doing. Our hope is that ultimately, we can help families avoid the NICU, but for those families that can’t, we hope our stories provide comfort and hope and that families know that there is an amazing community ready to listen, support, understand, and grieve. Every baby deserves the best start to life and the best care to help them fight, and EVERY family deserves a community and support team to help them through the hardest time of their life. Together we can and we WILL fight for healthy babies and healthy families everywhere.”

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/seattle. The event is supported by Chi Franciscan Health, Cigna, and Key Bank.

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.