Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast-Lee County 2nd annual Chefs Cooking For Kids was a sold-out event, raising $60,000 for the children of Lee County. The event was held Thursday, April 24 at The Club at Grandezza in Estero.
The “top chef” culinary extravaganza, enjoyed by more than 200 guests, featured 11 top local chefs who showcased their culinary specialties as well as cocktails, music, silent and live auction and camaraderie, benefiting a cause that positively impacts the lives of children and their families.
Chefs participating were Blu Sushi, Cru, Calusa Harbor, Catch 22 Sports Bar, Fat Katz Sports Bistro, The Healthy Chef Private Catering, The Firestone Grille, Norman Love Confections, The Pink Shell Resort & Marina, The Club at Grandezza and Rumrunners Waterfront Dining. Chef Jimmy Moroney with The Healthy Chef won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for his chicken veggie entree.
Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry was the presenting sponsor with owner Mike Joyce acting as auctioneer during a lively and exciting auction. Other sponsors included Good Deals Appliances, Chico’s FAS, Preferred Community Bank, Dry Zone Inc., Advanced Pain Management and Spine Specialists, Florida Blue, The News-Press, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Norman Love Confections, Publix and The Club at Grandezza.
“The success of this event will be a big boost to our program and allow us to provide for more children facing adversity with professionally supported mentoring, changing their lives for the better, forever,” said Ben Simmons, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lee County community board chair.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. The organization provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information visit www.bbbssun.org or contact Angela Melvin, Community Resource Director-Lee County, at 239-288-4224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.