Chefs' Auction Raises $230,000 for March of Dimes

WI Staff | 11/20/2012, 11:31 a.m.

More than 500 people attended the 2012 Signature Chefs Auction. Guests at the annual event enjoyed culinary tastings, fine wine and cocktails from more than 30 of our area's best chefs, mixologists and wineries.

Special guests included March of Dimes Ambassador Family, Tiffany and Stephen Bowen, who is a Defensive End with the Washington Redskins, and other Washington notables. WJLA-TV news anchor Leon Harris served as master of ceremonies. Bar Pilar's Executive Chef Justin Bittner and Occidental's Bar Manager Jo-Jo Valenzuela served as honorary event chairs.

The Signature Chefs Auction supports the work of the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Proceeds will fund research to find answers to premature birth and support local programs such as the Mama & Baby Bus, Stork's Nest and NICU Family Support programs at Children's National Medical Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Inova Loudon Hospital and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

To bring attention to the serious problem of premature birth, the Bowens raised over $60,000 for the event, where they shared their story and dedication to the cause which aligns closely with their own foundation.

The annual gala drew more than 500 attendees in 2012 - keep this if the comparison is positive. To learn more about the March of Dimes and the Signature Chefs Auction event including a complete listing of the participants, please visit www.marchofdimes.com/marylandmetrodc. To view event photos, please visit our Facebook gallery (link to album).

Event sponsors include: DC Magazine, E*TRADE Financial, Fairfax Neonatal Associates, Infinitive, Skyler's Gift Foundation, Stratford University, The Washington Informer, US Chamber of Commerce, WBB, WMAL and ZwillGen.