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August 25, 2008 - Big Brothers Big Sisters Broward Kabuki Celebrity Cook-Off

What: Celebrity Chef cook-off at Benihans

Where: Benihanas Ft. Lauderdale

When: Monday, August 25, 2008

Time: 6:30 PM

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward, Inc.

Host(s): Benihana of Ft Lauderdale

Co-Chair(s): Dr. Wilhelmena Mack (W Mack & Assoc.), Leon Garza (LG Capital Solutions, LLC), Gregory Haile (Berger Singerman)

Executive Director: Ana Cedeno

Sponsors: LG Capital Solutions, Berger Singerman, The Soldani Group, Six Degrees, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Toshiba, Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union, Signature Grand, Tony Treglia, AutoNation, Cross Country Home Service, Comcast, Southern Wine, Benihana

Auctioneer: Doug Jones

Board of Directors: Chairperson: David Greenberger /S.C.G. & Assoc; Vice- Chair: Jack Cambareri/ Morgan Stanley; Secretary:Julie Staub/ AutoNation; Treasurer: Tracy Weintraub/ Berenfeld LLC; Legal Counsel: David Ristaino/ Ackerman Senterfitt; Immed. Past Chair: Wilhelmena Mack/ W. Mack & Assoc; William Buchalter, Gregory Haile, Doug Jones, Carol Moroco, Daniel Rothfeld, Anthony Treglia, Keith Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:




Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward and Benihana Raise Funds at
Kabuki Celebrity Cook-Off Event
The Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Broward and Benihana was held on Monday, August 25th at Benihana in Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, raising over $33,500.
Chopping, searing and entertaining, the Kabuki celebrity chefs had their shrimp flying.  Celebrity chefs included some of Broward County’s community leaders. The chefs and their table guests dressed in themed costumes and competed for the coveted Geisha (best host), Kabuki (most theatrical), Samurai (best knife skills) and Sumo (wrestles with food) Awards.  

Chef participants included: Marc Cannon/AutoNation and David Rudolph/Cross Country Home Service tied for the Geisha Award; Maria Soldani/Soldani Group and Gary Correll/Publix Super Markets, Inc. tied for the Golden Tip Award; Kristina Andreola/Bahia Mar Beach Resort won the Kabuki Award; Doug Jones/Sixth Star Entertainment earned the Sumo Award; Rick Coelho/Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union and Lenny Chesal/ tied for the Samurai Award; and Ginny Fujino of Black-Tie South Florida served as the Guest Judge for the evening. 

With nearly 160 people dressed from glitzy diamonds and denim to Olympic athletes to Rabbis, guests enjoyed a night of Benihana’s exquisite Japanese cuisine, jester-like chef performances and the company of friends, all supporting BBBS. “The event has something for everyone, it’s interactive and fun, everyone get’s involved and everyone gets a chance to support Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says BBBS of Broward’s CEO, Ana Cedeño. After dinner, a live auction featured items such as signed Blues Brothers and U2 memorabilia and artwork by Romero Britto.
All proceeds from the event benefit BBBS programs facilitating child mentoring in Broward County. “Increasingly, more of our community recognize the problems too many of our youth face:  violence, drop out rates, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse – Big Brothers Big Sisters is a solution that works to solve these societal problems. We know the impact one-to-one mentoring makes and with everyone’s help at our Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off we are making new strides in the positive development of our youth,” says Cedeño.
BBBS of Broward thanks Benihana for their pivotal partnership in making the Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off a five-star success.
To learn more about Brothers Big Sisters of Broward’s programs and events or to learn more about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please call (954) 584-9990 or visit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States, now celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Big Brothers Big Sisters Broward, Inc. (BBBS) is the premier youth-serving organization of Broward County that provides an organized and professionally staffed mentoring program for the entire community. Since our inception in 1973, we have helped thousands of at-risk children and young adults (primarily from single-parent homes) overcome isolation, manage stress, develop a positive self-image and gain the confidence to make responsible life choices. Our goal and mission is to transform the community by providing and supporting high quality relationships between children and a caring, well trained adult mentors and to provide a mentor for every child in Broward County who needs or wants one thereby helping them reach their full potential as they grow into young adults. In 2007, BBBS served more than 1,400 at-risk children in Broward County serving more than 24 cities and spanning almost every nationality and race.
Benihana Inc. (NASDAQ: NMS: BNHN and BNHNA) operates 60 Benihana teppanyaki restaurants, nine Haru restaurants, and twenty Ra Sushi restaurants. Under development at present are fourteen restaurants:  eight Benihana teppanyaki restaurants and six RA Sushi restaurants. In addition, nineteen franchised Benihana teppanyaki restaurants are operating in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.



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