An evening of culinary excellence
Signature Chefs Auction, Kalamazoo

DATE: Thursday, October 19, 2017  |  Time: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites
ADDRESS: 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

For more information please contact Julie Ruel (269) 343-3724 or jruel@marchofdimes.org


Join us for our annual gathering of the area's finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. From your arrival at the event you will enjoy the chance to taste from the chefs' creations for a 90-miinute tasting experience before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy dessert while you bid on unique packages and raise your paddle and give generously to save babies.


Each year we highlight one famlies story who has been touch by the Mission of the March of Dimes. This year we are pleased to tell the Cameron family's story. 

Read the Cameron Family's story. 


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committees we are honored to present the Signature Chefs event. Through months of support these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generous team who has made this evening possible.

Marissa Harrington
Five-Star Realty
Revenue Chair

Joseph Clemens
Steris Corporation
Revenue Chair

Darlene Mohr
Women's Lifestyle Magazine
Logistics Chair  

Dr. Carly Davis

OB-Gyn, P.C.
Culinary Chair  

Chef Chris Kidd
Lead Chef


Every year more than 15 million babies are born prematurely; a million will die before their first birthday as a result. With your gift at Signature Chefs to the March of Dimes, you can help fund the research, education and support to ensure more babies celebrate their birthdays.  


Together we can give them tomorrow
Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It is, in fact, the #1 killer of babies. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, with over 15,000 in Michigan alone. The U.S. preterm birth rate is still too high at 9.6 percent—higher than that of most developed nations—while Michigan’s preterm birth rate is even higher at 9.9 percent.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, taking an extreme toll on families emotionally and financially.

  In 2016, the March of Dimes granted $1.3 million for programs, research and services in Michigan. The funds provide prenatal education for doctors and nurses at community hospitals.

Michigan Prioirties

March of Dimes Michigan has heavily invested in group prenatal care with our partners across the state.  This innovative approach to prenatal care has produced significant improvement in not only babies being born at term, but also Mom and baby thrive in bonding, increased breastfeeding, and healthy weight gain and brain development.

Aim for Health Equity

March of Dimes is strategically fund programs that promote health equity among different racial/ethnic groups.  African American babies are two times more likely to be born premature more than their Caucasian counterparts.  Michigan funds programs that address social determinates of health to increase the rate of African American babies born full term. 

Make Impact

Leading preventable causes of premature birth in Michigan include; tobacco use during pregnancy, lack of health education and good health status prior to pregnancy as well as lack of access to proven interventions for women with prior preterm birth such as progesterone (17P) shots.

Michigan Investment Goals

Michigan Investment goals

1. Decrease Smoking during pregnancy

2. Increase the use of 17P in indicated pregancies through reducing barriers, cost and insurance limitations

3. Encourage, through education, Mom's to space births 18 months apart


Our event features an exclusive selection of auction packages for your bidding pleasure. These packages provide you with a chance to purchase trips, dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime moments to share with friends, family, clients and employees. As we secure packages for the event, we will give you a sneak preview of the packages here. Come back soon to check for updates.

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Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Julie Ruel at 269-743-3723 or jruel@marchofdimes.org.

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