ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor area professional chefs cooked up over $153,000 to serve a good cause, raising money through a unique auction of food-and-beverage experiences – from personal chefs for an evening to tailgate party packages – to benefit the March of Dimes, the event’s main sponsor O&W Inc. announced today.
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction event on Monday night attracted a sold-out crowd of 400 people to Barton Hills Country Club. As the event’s organizers, O&W recruited local chefs, area businesses, Michigan distiller and craft brewer New Holland Brewing Co., and Boston Beer Co., craft brewer of the Sam Adams brands to donate their time, talents and products to the event. In addition, O&W employees also volunteered as staff, servers and more at the fundraiser.
The event benefits the Ann Arbor Division of the March of Dimes, which proudly supports community programs and institutions in Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
“Good food and good drinks always bring people together, and we’re grateful to our entire community for working together for stronger, healthier babies,” said event co-chair, Kit Wanty Morgeson, who is also vice president of marketing for O&W Inc., a fifth-generation business. “As a family owned company with deep roots in our community, O&W Inc. is thrilled we have this opportunity to give back to an important cause, and work with so many business and community partners who stepped up. The food was terrific and the show of generosity was even better, and we’re thankful to everyone who participated.”
In addition to the live auction featuring culinary packages and experiences, the event also included a mini-live auction and small-plate creations by 14 of the area’s best chefs and restaurants.
“March of Dimes is the largest and most respected maternal-child health organization in the world. In an average week in Michigan, 254 babies are born preterm. This night is about supporting these babies by helping prevent birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. What better way to support and learn about this important topic than over tasty dishes with friends and neighbors right here at the Barton Hills Country Club, while you bid on exciting packages”, said Ann Arbor division director of the March of Dimes, Enna Olivia Whitted.
“On behalf of the March of Dimes, we want to thank all these talented local chefs, the brewers of Sam Adams, Michigan’s own New Holland, O&W Inc., and so many others who opened their hearts to support an important effort,” said Whitted. “Our sponsors and donors truly showed how creative and committed they are, and we’re thrilled our community showed such a positive, enthusiastic response.
” Morgeson co-chaired the event with her sister Jamie Brooks and aunt Suzanne Wanty.
Other participants of the event included: Barton Hills Country Club, Gandy Dancer, Grange Kitchen and Bar, Mélange, Moveable Feast, Picasso Restaurant Group, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, Terry B’s, The Common Grill, The Inn at St. John’s and The Roumanis Group.