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August 20, 2012 - Big Brothers Big Sisters "Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off"

Where: Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, Lauderdale by the Sea, Fl

When: Monday, August 20, 2012

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward

Mistress of Ceremonies: Ana Cedano

EMCEE: Doug Jones

President(s): Ana Cedano

Sponsors: Benihana, BB & T, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Publix Super Markets, WSVN, Comcast, AutoNation, the Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Marketing Matters, Gables Engineering, Seaside Bank, Hyatt Pier 66, All About Food, and Bank United.

Event Coordinator: Lisa Lachs

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida.com

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CELEBRITY CHEFS “COOK UP” $32,000 FOR BROWARD CHILDREN
Fifth Annual Kabuki Cook-off at Benihana Raises Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters


August 29, 2012 – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A little friendly competition never hurts, and in this case, it helped transform the lives of 30 children and families in Broward County. On Monday, August 20, nearly 225 people gathered at Benihana in Fort Lauderdale for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s 5th 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 “Where’s Waldo” to The X Factor – then dressed and decorated their table to match. Chefs and guests alike competed for awards, like Bob Leider, who won the Samurai award for “best knife skills” and Lisa Scott Founds, who won the “Taiko” award for the table who made the most noise. Participants also tipped their chefs for excellent service and entertainment. Maria Soldani’s table won the coveted Golden Tip award for raising $2,000 in tips alone, more than any other table.

The $32,000 raised at the event goes to providing direct program service to children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization helps youth facing adversity by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Today, more than 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, 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, BB & T, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Publix Super Markets, WSVN, Comcast, AutoNation, the Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Marketing Matters, Gables Engineering, Seaside Bank, Hyatt Pier 66, All About Food, and Bank United.

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.

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