Signature Chefs Auction raises $65K for March of Dimes

A capacity crowd attended the Champlain Valley Signature Chefs Auction at the Old Lantern in Charlotte on Nov. 4. The event raised an unprecedented $65,000 for the March of Dimes.

Fifteen of Vermont’s most celebrated chefs served gourmet selections at the 2012 Champlain Valley Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes Sunday, Nov. 4 at The Old Lantern in Charlotte. Guests of the sold-out event enjoyed complimentary beer and wine as they sampled the culinary creations and perused the wide variety of silent auction items donated by approximately 75 area businesses and individuals.

March of Dimes Vermont Chapter Director Roger Clapp welcomed the 250 guests and introduced Dr. John Brumsted, CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, who accepted the 2012 Champion for Babies Award.

March of Dimes Vermont Chapter Board Chair Jennifer Borgen Behr and her husband, Mark, of Richard Henry Behr Architect P.C. in Shelburne, presented a video that shared the story of their son’s premature birth and the impact the March of Dimes has had on their lives.

The Signature Chefs included Gary Ma of Asiana House, Barbara Cote of Barkeaters, Chris Kruse of the Basin Harbor Club, Andrea Cousineau of The Bearded Frog, Robert Barral of Cafe Provence, Adele Dienno of Classic Italian Cuisine, Jozef Harrewyn and Scott Sorrell of Chef’s Corner, Joe Chmielewski of Guild and Company, John David Palmer of Hen of the Wood, Donnell Collins of Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Roland Gaujac of The Old Lantern, David Hoene of Pauline’s Café, Charles Reeves and Maura O’Sullivan of Penny Cluse Café, Max Mackinnon of Pistou, and J.J. Vezina of The Windjammer.

Projected revenues for the 2012 Signature Chefs Auction, co-chaired by Jennifer Behr and Dr. Laura Greene, are $65,000–the highest in the event’s history in Vermont. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies in our communities. Since winning the effort to eradicate polio in the 1950s and 60s, the March of Dimes has continued to invest in research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs, and is currently focused on reducing premature birth, the number one cause of death among infants in America. Vermont continues to distinguish itself as the leading state in the nation in this effort.

For more information, contact Roger Clapp, state director of the Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes, (802) 560-4822, (802) 793-5276 (cell) or

One thought on “Signature Chefs Auction raises $65K for March of Dimes

  1. I was able to attend the event this year and as always the food was amazing. Something that I really liked was the auctioneer. He really added a lot of entertainment value to the event and helped to increase the bids to get the most money possible for this incredible organization.

    Great job March of Dimes on yet another successful fundraising and awareness event. And thank you Old Lantern for providing the beautiful venue!

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