GR Dining Experiences to Raise Funds for March of Dimes

chefs auctionDo you consider yourself a foodie?

If so, you should definitely pick up tickets to the Grand Rapids March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, happening this Monday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the Mission Sponsor of the event.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., you’ll be able to sample cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants, including Amore Trattoria Italiana, Bar Divani, Charley’s Crab, Reserve Wine and Food, and Terra GR.

Connoisseurs of wonderful food and experiences will then be able to bid on incredible dining packages starting at 7:30 p.m. Ever wanted to take five friends out charter fishing, complete with en route meal service and a chef-prepared fish fry with your fresh catch at the end of the day? How about stepping back in time for a prohibition era speakeasy-style meal for ten, complete with the craft cocktails and gambling games to go with it?

For the right price, those dining experiences can be yours courtesy of Chef Jason Bertram of The Catering Company and Chef Torrence O’Haire of new ramen restaurant The Bandit Queen, who is one of the only members of the United States Bartenders’ Guild in West Michigan due to his special credentials in mixology. The fishing and speakeasy packages are just a sampling of what’s available to bid on during the evening.

The Signature Chefs Auction is good for the taste buds, but even better for the continued work of the March of Dimes, which researches the causes of premature birth and provides comfort and information to families. The non-profit also supports lifesaving research and education.

Organizers say premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide, with over 15,000 in Michigan alone. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. In 2014, the March of Dimes granted $1.9 million to programs, research and services in Michigan. Funds provide prenatal education for doctors and nurses at community hospitals, as well as the award winning March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Philanthropedia rates the March of Dimes second out of 16 high-impact non-profits that work in the field of people with disabilities. Read about how the March of Dimes helped a local family whose daughter was born premature here.

Feeling hungry? Want to support a great non-profit? Do both by buying your tickets to Monday’s Signature Chefs Auction!

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