The Herald Bulletin

August 14, 2013

Cooking for a cause

Chefs Boy R We! supports programs in community

By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON – Madison County men will be in the kitchen next month, and they’ll be cooking up a storm.

The guys will show off their culinary talents at the first-ever Chefs Boy R We! fundraising event sponsored by the Community Hospital Anderson Foundation. The taste-tempting party takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Anderson Country Club, but they’re signing up their celebrity chefs right now.

“We’ve had a good response,” said Keith Trent, vice president and chief foundation officer. “We fully expect to have at least 60 chefs…. Some of the guys are very good cooks.”

Men who are at home in the kitchen can sign up to be celebrity chefs. Others who want to be part of the event, but are not quite as gifted when it comes to cooking, can receive assistance from another person in preparing their contribution. The chefs choose from categories including appetizers, soups or salads, side dish, main dish or dessert.

Each chef receives a special apron and chef’s hat, and they’ll be wearing them during the “Parade of Chefs” that will launch the evening’s festivities. Expect food, music, dancing and auction items during the gala evening. Attendees will vote for their favorite chef, and awards will be given based on who raises the most money through “tips” collected in jars.

“It sounds like a blast,” said Brian Frazier, of Frazier’s Dairy Maid. He’s already signed up to be a chef. “It’s a worthy cause.”

The funds raised through the event will support two of the foundation’s programs. The Support Our Students (SOS) initiative helps to meet the clothing, nutrition and medication needs of public school students in Madison County, administered by school nurses. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program will also benefit from the fundraiser.

“We have placed 180 AED’s through the county, but there’s always the need for more,” said Trent. The foundation has placed the AED’s in schools, sheriff’s deputy vehicles and in various public buildings.

“Through AED and SOS we’re helping students and every person in our county that might have cardiac arrest,” said Trent.

Trent said that orthodontist Dr. Timothy Alford was the first to sign up for Chefs Boy R We!, and he was ready to whip up not one, but two dishes – au gratin potatoes and lamb. Since then, many others have signed up for the cooking extravaganza.

There’s no surprise about Brian Frazier’s contribution to the evening. He’ll be whipping up his signature piece, the Turtle Sundae, which features “hot caramel and hot fudge with pecans all over the top.” He already has ample evidence it’ll be a crowd pleaser.

Event sponsors that have contributed $5,000 include Community Hospital Anderson Auxiliary, Community Hospital Anderson Medical Staff, Dr. Jim & Betsy Callahan, Ricker’s and Dr. Dave & Beth Tharp. Other sponsors are being sought at a variety of levels.

Tickets to the event are $50 per individual or $400 for a table of eight. Those purchases are tax deductible. For more information, to sign up or sponsor, check out the website, or call 298-5133.

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