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October 19, 2006 - March of Dimes Serves up Delicious - Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza

What: Local Chefs Serve up Delicious Event to Save Babies

Where: Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

When: Thursday, October 19, 2006

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $100 pp in advance; $125 pp on day of event

Beneficiary: March of Dimes

Honorary Chairperson(s): Miami Dolphin Wide Receiver Wes Welker

Committee Members: VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE: Shannon Caslin-Taylor, Ejola Christlieb Cook, Traci Copeland, Laura Cromarty, LaToya Diah, Don Donahue, Meissa Elbrand, Jon Erickson, Felix Fidelibus, Cindy Fox, Patricia Gleason, Mary Harris, Bobbie Hayes, Darren Lydting, Michael Mogiewski, Amanda Murray, Jeff Nelke, Susan O'Hara, Natalie Rubino, Valerie Sands, Mary Santimaw, Michele Sessor, Jeff Sipos, Cindy Sparkman & Stacey Wantanabe

Staff: Hanna J.L. Fink, Executive Director, S. FLorida; Rochelle Darman, State Director of Communications; Roger Hicks, Division Ex Director, Palm Beach & Broward Counties; Patricia Cunning, Senior Community Director; Mary Jordan, Community Director; Salome Mangos, Administrative Assistant

Sponsors: CORPORATE SPONSORS: BankUnited, Berman Rennert & Mandler, P.A., CT Capital, El Heraldo de Broward, Gaddis Family Foundation, Gulfstream Park, Humana, Interbay Funding, Memorial Healthcare System, Pediatix Medical Group, Protech International Security Systems, Publix Super Markets, Inc. & Regions Bank IN-KIND SPONSORS: Daisy South Florist, Dewars 12, Eent Linens & Design, Inc., Grey Goose, Premier Beverage, Print Dynamics, Restaurant Beverage Service, Stepehns Distributing & The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa MEDIA PARTNERS: Dining Out, HOME Fort Lauderdale, Love 94, Sun-Sentinel, WIOD & Yellow Cab Magazine,

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 The Berman Family - supporters of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza
The Berman Family - supporters of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza

The Tenth Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza was held at the Westin Diplomate Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida on Thursday, October 19, 2006.

The evening began with "tasting and sipping" to the sounds of Davis & Dow.  While the guests feasted on the scrumptuous food prepared by Chefs from the area's top restaurants and tasted the fine wines, they could also browse through the ballroom and bid on the many silent auction items on display.

Special thanks to March of Dimes Ambassador Aden Jamal and Wes Welker, Miami Dolphins wide receiver and Honorary Chair.

Aden Jamal and his wife Soray Jamal talked to the guests about the birth of their twins, who were born premature and gave thanks for the help that the March of Dimes organizaton fund raising efforts that contribute to the continued research, that made it possible to save one of their twins.  The survivng twin, Aden is now a healthy, growing boy whom his parents are very proud of. According to Aden Sr., his wife Soray, has been a supporter of the March of Dimes since she was a child herself.

Wes Welker and Auctioneer Jeff Martin, played a game with the audiance, kind of a "last man standing", which offered the winner a special prize for participating. Then Jeff conducted the live auction.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. 

The March of Dimes mission can continue, thanks to the support of the guests tonight and the communities continued support year-a-around.

Thanks to the Signature Chefs who participated:   Elsa Addario, Hot Tomatoe; Dominique Beckers, We Take the Cake; Craig Berkower, Rivals Waterfront Bar & Grill; Hugo & Roger Berrios, Carltons Restaurant & Lounge; Louie DeGennaro, Rugerro's Bistro; Rashne Dessi, Whole Foods Market; Angelo Elia, Casa D'Angelo, Mrk Gruverman, The Capital Grille; Youssef Hammi, Hammershee Bar & Grill; Tom Marranzino, Shooters Waterfront Cafe; Dean James Max, 3030 Ocean; Chris Nealon, Aruba Beach Cafe; Tommy Nguyen, Satine; Louis Perrone, Frankie's Pier 5; Doug Riess, The River House; Luci Rosende, L&L Market Bistro; Brian Rutherford, Mistro Mezzaluna, Steve Sabatino, The Chef's Table; John Schupbach, Casa Blanca Cafe; Susie Stallings, Susie's Scrumptious Sweets; Elizabeth Stork, Beach Watch Restaurant; George Telles, Black Orchid Cafe & Jorge Varona, The Boulevard, an American Bistro










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