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Signature Chefs Auction, Port Huron

DATE: Thursday, October 24, 2019  |  Time: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Blue Water Convention Center
ADDRESS: 800 Harker Street, Port Huron, MI 48060

For more information, please contact Enna Whitted at [email protected] or (248) 359-1560

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The March of Dimes 15th Annual Signature Chefs Auction offers the enjoyment of culinary delights prepared by popular restaurants and their chefs.  Guests are invited to bid on silent auction packages during the taste sampling. The live auction program will include fun and unique packages, including dining and travel experiences.


The main reason we want to be an ambassador family is to give back to an organization that has done so much for our family. We have two boys who were both born at 29 weeks, four years apart. They were both born early due to my complications with preeclampsia. Between our two boys, we spent 104 days in the NICU. If it was not for the March of Dimes and research and developments, myself along with my boys would not be here today.
We could not have done it without the help and  support of our family. This experience has helped us to embrace the little things in life. This is because we know that in every second of every day, somewhere a family is enduring the same emotional roller coaster NICU journey we faced with our boys.
-Laura Ballard


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 2016-2017, 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.

March of Dimes grantees in Southeast Michigan are positively impacting birth outcomes. Each partner is conducting a program that will increase preconception and prenatal health knowledge, positively change behavior and/or increase positive birth outcomes. We are grateful to work with committed partners in an effort to give every family a chance at a happy, healthy start. 

How we are impacting
Southeast Michigan

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.

Health Equity

March of Dimes is strategically funding 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.

We can prevent preterm birth in Michigan

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

How we are going to impact change in Michigan

Michigan investment goals:
1. Decrease smoking during pregnancy
2. Increase the use of 17P in indicated pregnancies through reducing barriers, cost, and insurance limitations
3. Encourage moms - through education - to space births 18 months apart


Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.  If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions.

Your Fund the Mission gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. Fund the Mission gifts are 100% tax deductible and can be made during the Live Auction or by clicking the Help Fund the Mission link at the top of this page. 


The March of Dimes 15th Annual Signature Chefs Auction provides your company with a unique cause marketing opportunity to co-brand your company with the vital mission of the March of Dimes. Your company will shine in the eyes of approximately 200 affluent society members and business professionals who come to support our mission while enjoying an evening of fine cuisine, wine, spirits, and exciting auction packages.

 Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:
 Presenting Sponsor:  $5,000
 Gold Sponsor:  $2,000
 Silver Sponsor:  $1,500
 Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
For more information about these opportunities, contact Enna Whitted at [email protected] or (248) 359-1560.


Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.

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Alexander’s Premiere
Banquet Center & Catering

Chef Alex Miller

The Culinary Institute of Michigan - Baker College of Port Huron

Providing the Dessert Table for the evening.

Chef Shell's Restaurant
& Catering

Chefs Mark & Michelle Wrubel

Harsens Island Brewery

Chef Chris Lyons

Lake Fx Grill

Chef Zach Meldrum

Soprano’s Catering

Chef Mario Spagnuolo

St. Clair Golf Club

Chef Tyler Jenerou

Vintage House Catering

Chef Anthony Jekielek


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.

Package details coming soon!

Auction packages will include high tec, art, travel, food and experiences.

Package details coming soon!

Auction packages will include high tec, art, travel, food and experiences.

Package details coming soon!

Auction packages will include high tec, art, travel, food and experiences.

Package details coming soon!

Auction packages will include high tec, art, travel, food and experiences.


We cannot pull off an event without the passion and dedication that comes from volunteers.
We can use you! If you are interested in volunteering for the event, send us an email.