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August 23, 2010 - Big Brothers Big Sisters "Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off"

Where: Benihana, Ft Lauderdale

When: Monday, August 23, 2010

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters Broward County

Host(s): Benihana

Mistress of Ceremonies: Meredith Lasher

Master of Ceremonies: Doug Jones

Co-Chair(s): Monica & Gary Correll

Executive Director: Ana Cedeno

Sponsors: Benihana, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Publix Super Markets, Comcast, AutoNation, the Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LG Capital Solutions, S.C.G. & Associates, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Maria Soldani, Tracy & Ellen Weintraub and Dan Rothfeld

Board of Directors: Jack Cambareri, Leon Garza, David Greenberger, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Gregory A. Haile, Doug Jones, David Levy, Scott Mager, Traci Miller, Carol Moroco, Lisa Naymik, Renee Quinn, Locksley A. Rhoden, Daniel K. Rothfeld, Danielle Sergeant, Julie Staub, Coleen Sterns Leith, Buddy Tuchman, Tracy D. Weintraub, Shawn Wooden,

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:




 CELEBRITY CHEFS!

Jorge Garrido:  Jorge Garrido

Soldani Group:  Maria Soldani

LG Capital Solutions:  David Lieb

Board Table:  Tracy Weintraub

SCG & Associates:  Bill Gray

Comcast:  Spero Canton

“Friends” (single ticket purchases placed at one table):  A.J. Horowitz

Bahia MarBeach Resort:  Chef Mike and Chef Krissy

AutoNation:  Marc Cannon

Rothfeld/Hardrock:  Lauri Woliung

Sixth Star Marketing & Entertainment:  Eric Lachs

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney:  Bill Premock

Miami Dolphins:  Lenny Chesal

Publix Super Markets, Inc.:  Gary Correll

 

AWARD WINNERS

 

 

Third Annual Kabuki Cook-off at Benihana Raises Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters
 
A little friendly competition never hurts, and in this case, it helped transform the lives of nearly 40 children and families in Broward County. On Monday, August 23, nearly 150 people gathered at Benihana in Fort Lauderdale for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s 3rd annual Kabuki “Celebrity” Cook-off.
 
Supporters of the youth mentoring organization cooked a mouth-watering meal for a table of eight behind the sizzling teppanyaki grills. Each table selected their own theme – from Samurai Warriors to Oscars to “Top Chef” – then dressed and decorated their table to match. Chefs and guests alike competed for awards, such as the Bahia Mar Beach Resort, which won the Taiko award for being the most high-spirited and enthusiastic. Participants also tipped their chefs for excellent service and entertainment. Maria Soldani’s Hawaiian Luau won the coveted Golden Tip award for raising a record $2,200, more than any other table.
 
The $30,000 raised at the event goes to providing direct program service to children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization helps youth to reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with lasting, measurable impact. Today, nearly 1,000 children in Broward County are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister to provide them with much needed guidance, caring and support.
 
“Thanks to the support of our sponsors and honorary chairs Gary and Monica Correll, many more children, families and volunteers in our community will know first-hand how one-to-one mentorship changes lives and transforms the future, leading to better schools, stronger homes and safer communities,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Ana Cedeño.
 
Sponsors of the evening included: Benihana, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Publix Super Markets, Comcast, AutoNation, the Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LG Capital Solutions, S.C.G. & Associates, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Maria Soldani, Tracy & Ellen Weintraub and Dan Rothfeld, among others.
 
To learn more about Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off and how you can cook for the kids, call (954) 584-9990, email cookoff@bbbsbroward.org or visit www.bbbsbroward.org.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives the children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.
 
Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.bbbsbroward.org.
 

 

Golden Tip Award:  Maria Soldani

Geisha Award:  David Lieb

Kabuki Award:  Eric Lachs

Samuri Award:  Lenny Chesal

Sumo Award:  Marc Cannon

Taiko Award:  Bahia Mar

 

 CELEBRITY CHEFS “COOK UP” $30,000 FOR BROWARD CHILDREN

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