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August 24, 2009 - Big Brothers Big Sisters "Kabuki Celebrity Cook"

Where: Benihana

When: Monday, August 24, 2009

Time: 6:30 PM

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters Broward County

Master of Ceremonies: Doug Jones

Co-Chair(s): Monica & Gary Correll

Executive Director: Ana Cedeno

Sponsors: Publix Super Markets, Miami Dolphins, Ana G. Méndez University System, Online Vacation Center, Berger Singerman, PCA, AutoNation, Inc., S.C.G. & Associates, Renée Quinn and Bahia Mar Beach Resort.

Attire: Costume Themes

Event Coordinator: Lisa Lachs

Board of Directors: BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS: Chairperson - David Greenberger, S.C.G. & Associates; Vice Chairperson - Jack Cambareri, Morgan Stanley; Secretary - Julie Staub, AutoNation, Inc.; Treasurer - Tracy Weintraub, Berenfeld, Spritzer, Shechter & Sheer; Legal Council - David Ristaino, Akerman Senterfitt; Immediate Past Chairperson - Dr. Wilhelmena Mack, WMack & Associates - DIRECTORS: William Buchalter, Capital Growth Properties, Inc.; Gregory A. Haile, Berger Singerman; Doug Jones, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing; David Levy, Lockton Companies; Traci Miller, Miller Construction Company; Carol Moroco, Bank of Florida; Renée Quinn, BNY Mellon; Locksley A. Rhoden, Locksley A. Rhoden, P.L.; Daniel K. Rothfeld; Danielle Sergeant, Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium; Buddy Tuchman, PCA; Samantha Welch, JM Family Enterprises; Keith L. Williams, South Florida Water Management District

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

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On Monday, August 24, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County will hosted the second annual Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off at Benihana, (4343 West Trade Winds Avenue). Kabuki featured local community leaders performing as master teppanyaki chefs for the night.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a Parade of Chefs,  each chef was announced and applauded as they entered the dining room. Once the grills were fired up, the fun began and guests enjoyed a full Benihana meal while being entertained by their chef.

Guests dressed up and decorated their table in the themes they choose, from Mardi Gras to Food Network stars. During dinner, chefs competed for tips and vie for awards such as the Geisha Award (the chef who caters most to guests) and the coveted Golden Tip Award (the chef who earns the most tips).

"Our Kabuki chefs cook with love, and chop, dice, sizzle and flip the food. Everyone at the event enjoyed themselves and knows that together, they are helping to impact the lives of even more children in Broward by providing them with a caring adult role model," says Ana Cedeño, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.

Co-chaipersonrs Gary and Monica Correll welcome this year's sponsors: Publix Super Markets, Miami Dolphins, Ana G. Méndez University System, Online Vacation Center, Berger Singerman, PCA, AutoNation, Inc., S.C.G. & Associates, Renée Quinn and Bahia Mar Beach Resort.

Last year's cook-off served and entertained 160 guests and raised more than $35,000. All proceeds from the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters' programs facilitating child mentoring in Broward.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization proven to help vulnerable children of single, low-income and/or incarcerated parents succeed through one-to-one relationships. Funding provides for targeted volunteer and child recruiting, careful volunteer screening and matching. In 2008, Big Brothers Big Sisters served more than 1,700 children in Broward County.

For more information on Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County's programs and events, or to learn more about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bbbsbroward.org. •

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