Signature Chefs


Simone Hayes
| (216) 503-8414
Simone Hayes

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Signature Chefs Auction, Akron

DATE: Monday, November 16, 2015  |  TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Akron Museum of Art
ADDRESS: One South High, Akron, OH 44308

For more information please contact Simone Hayes (216) 503-8414.


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All March of Dimes Signature Chefs events will be held virtually this year. While we may not be together in person, we rely on your continued support to provide innovative programs and services for moms, moms-to-be and babies who may be at a greater risk of becoming sick and not receiving proper or equitable care.

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The chefs, volunteers and guests who make up our Signature Chefs Events community are coming together in new, innovative ways to suport moms and babies this year.

We are following state mandated guidelines in response to COVID-19 and will not have an in-person event this year. So, we are preparing an exciting, new Virtual Gala for your 2020 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction experience!

We need your help now more than ever. Your support funds:

  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!

Support the mission

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and 1 million will die before their first birthday. Your gift helps the March of Dimes fund research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

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Join us for the  Akron/Canton 17th Annual Signature Chefs Auction, Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Akron Museum of Art. Each year, hundreds of distinguished members of the community join together to raise funds to help give every baby a healthy start in life while enjoying delectable tastings from over 20 of Akron/Canton’s finest chefs.

Enjoy the culinary delights as you mingle with friends and colleagues and bid on fabulous, once-of-a-lifetime packages in the live and silent auction where funds raised support the March of Dimes mission: to improve the health of all babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. 

You are helping to make a difference!


Meet our 2015 Signature Chefs Auction Ambassador, Savannah McClary. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or more commonly referred to as “NICU” was a foreign term to the McClary family, a world we knew nothing about, until our daughter entered the world 3 months early.  On July 5, 2013, we went for a scheduled "growth watch" ultra sound at 1:00pm.  We were 27 weeks gestational and it was discovered that all of the fluid in the umbilical cord was in reverse.  At 2:38pm, following an ambulance ride to the hospital and putting mom under anesthesia, Savannah Grace was born.  She weighed 1lb 2oz and was 11.5in in length.  
After 109 days, the NICU is no longer a foreign term to us.  We might define it a little bit different than others, because it was the place where we watched our daughter fight for her life, day after day, hour after hour. Her feeds and medications were given through her feeding tube.  She endured CPR on 3 different occasions within a 24 hour period and a few blood transfusions.  
On October 21st, we brought Savannah (Savvy G) home, weighing 5lbs on the dot.  She came home on oxygen and still required a feeding tube.  For 2.5 months she was excelling at home.  Unfortunately, that came to a quick halt when she aspirated into her lungs.  On January 19, 2104, Savannah was admitted into the PICU at Akron Children's.  We never would have believed it then, but she was there for 120 days.  In those 4 months, she underwent nitric oxide therapy and multiple surgeries.  
Today, Savvy G is a feisty, extremely busy, and in-charge two year old.  She requires 24 hour care, so we have nurses coming and going each day to assist in her care. With the grace of God and her team of doctors, our daughter has a very optimistic outlook for her future.  We are proud to be representing the March of Dimes and sharing our story in hopes that other mothers and fathers won't have to experience prematurity and the complications it can cause and some day, every baby is born healthy.


We are excited to announce that Chef/Owner Anthony Scolaro of 111 Bistro in Medina will serve as this year's Honorary Chef. Chef Scolaro and business partner Meghan Pender opened 111 Bistro in June 2014, recently celebrating their first year of what looks to be a very promising future. Located at 2736 Medina Road, the restaurant offers a quality dining experience in a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Chef serves a seasonally driven menu with a focus on quality and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to a changing menu, 111 Bistro hosts a variety of specialty dinners where guests can experience, for example, a uniquely crafted menu with wine pairings. His unique view of food and talents in the kitchen have landed him features in Cleveland Magazine and Akron Life Magazine, making the success of 111 Bistro no surprise. As the proud recipient of a variety of awards from organizations like the American Culinary Federation, Chef Scolaro credits his success to a long and diverse history in the industry.


For more event information or to become a sponsor, contact Simone Hayes by phone at (216) 503-8414 or by email at [email protected].

View our updated COVID-19 safety guidelines and waiver here.