Signature Chefs


Luana Huffman
| (352) 642-8298
Luana Huffman

Thank you for supporting
Signature Chefs Auction, Suwannee Valley

DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2015  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: National Guard Armory
ADDRESS: 490 NW Lake Jeffery, Lake City, FL 32055

For more information please contact Luana Huffman or 352-642-8298.


Still want to help us?

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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Event description

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.

Become a sponsor

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 our annual gathering of the area’s finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. Upon arrival, you will enjoy the chance to sample our chefs’ creations for a tasting experience before taking your seat for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission.

Head Chef/Restaurant
Chef-Tim Van Skyhawk
Marion Street Pub & Grill-Owner-Ron Robbins


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. Seen at left, Lake City Signature Chefs Committee and Past Chairs, Maureen and Vernon Lloyd with previous Community Director, Kathy McCallister at the 2014 event.

We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes.

Platinum Sponsor:
Potash Corporation

Gold Sponsors:
Concept Construction of North Florida and Swift Creek Realty
Edward Jones Investments - Lake City
Rountree Moore Dealerships
The Orthopaedic Institute
North Florida Hearing and Balance Center
Columbia County American Legion Auxiliary #57

In-Kind Gold Sponsors:
Lake City Reporter/Currents Magazine
North Central Florida Advertiser, Inc.
Lake City Family Magazine
Columbia Events & Rentals

Silver Sponsors:
All About Women, Obstretrics & Gynecology
Kohl’s Department Stores
Plum Creek
SERVPRO of Suwannee and Columbia Counties
Shands at Lake Shore Regional Medical Center
TD Bank
Women’s Center of Florida

In-Kind Silver Sponsor:
Fairfield Inn & Suites of Lake City

Bronze Sponsors:
1st Class Medical Inc.
Baya Pharmacy/Baya Urgent Care
Ferne and Harold Mann
Florida Credit Union
Florida Power & Light
Haven Hospice
Industry Services Company, Inc.
Lake City Medical Center
Magnolia Pediatrics
Moe’s Southwest Grill
New Millenium Building Systems, LLC
North Florida Medical Sales and Rentals, Inc.
O’Neal Companies
Peoples State Band
Register’s Custom Services
Sitel Worldwide Corp.
Sleep Solutions of North Florida
State Farm - John W. Burns III
Subway of East Baya
The Health Center of Lake City, Inc.

In-Kind Bronze Sponsor:
Holiday Inn & Suites of Lake City
Holly Frazier Photography

Media Sponsors:
Suwannee Democrat
Perspective - Florida Gateway College


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.

Baby Bella, featured left, was born at 31 weeks weighing 2 lbs, 12 oz.  Bella's mom said "I've never seen such a small littler person hooked up to so many tubes and machines....For six weeks Bella stayed in the NICU fighting for life and strength so she could eventually go home and join our family."  "Today, Bella is nearly 7 years old and is a healthy, strong and beautiful.  The fight for life is still within her."  "We will forever be thankful for the March of Dimes and the opportunity they personally provided for our family."

Fund the Mission Chair-Jan Turbeville


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.

Event Chairs: Carrie and Matt Cason
Carrie Cason of Swift Creek Realty and Matt Cason, Vice-President, Concept Construction of North Florida

"We were thrilled and honored when asked to be the chairs for this event. Shortly after accepting the position, we were able to tour the NICU at UF Health, and observed firsthand how these beautiful tiny babies were cared for.  It was heartbreaking to see families leave the hospital and not be able to take their newborn home right away.  This experience boosted our motivation to help in any way possible.

When we were expecting our third child Carly, Carrie had to be hospitalized at 20 weeks.  They were afraid Carly would come early and took all the necessary steps to prepare for that.  As it turns out she made it to 36 weeks an was born a healthy baby.  Unfortunately, 13 weeks later we had ot spend time in  Shands Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for other injuries as Carly was fighting for her life.  We can sympathize with these families who have to spend so much time in the hospital and away from their other children. Our community was there for us in a time of need which trigger us to become passionate advocates for chidlren, families, and the sanctity of marriage.  Thus being why we are so excited ot partner with March of Dimes and help give EVERY baby a Fighting Chance!"  


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.

Marion Street Deli & Pub – Presenting Chef and Restaurant
Executive Chef Tim Van-Skyhawk and Owner Ron Robbins

Serving Signature Shrimp and Grits

Applebee’s-Judy Bryant, Manager. Serving Appetizers-Meatballs and Riblets
Bob Evans Farm Restaurants-Richard Romer, General Manager. Serving Signature Pot Roast and Mac N Cheese
Country Skillet Diner-Owner and Chef Charles Edens III. Serving Signature Meatloaf and Macaroni Salad
Fifth Generation Farms-Owner and Chef Cindy Dicks. Serving Signature Glazed Pork Loin and Sweet Potato Casserole
Gator Dockside-Dana FoucherServing famous Ahi Tuna and Ribs.
Jessica’s Bistro-Owner and Chef Jessica and Miguel Renden. Serving Signature Cuban Pork, Black Beans and Rice with Plantains.
Olive Garden-Manager Beth Martin. Serving Appetizers-Bruschetta Caprese and Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta. 
Red Lobster-Grill Master-Tony Fulton, Head Chef & Manager-Fawn Hodges. Alfredo Pasta with Shrimp and Clam Chowder
Relish Catering by Dixie Grill-Chef Robbie Thomas. Serving famou Braised Short Ribs and Garlic Mashed potatoes.
RnD Catering-Russell Cockburn and Don Allen. Serving Signature Steamship Round and Sautee’ Vegetables
Sal’s Italian Deli-Owner and Chef Sal Napoli. Signature Spinach Salad with famous Strawberry Dressing
Shands Lake Shore-Executive Chef Brian Drumheller. Serving Signature Sautéed Shrimp with spicy Cajun butter, and Red Quinoa. 
Super 8 Motel-Chef Michael Lawton. Serving Signature Caribbean Rice Dish
Longhorn Steakhouse-Executive Chef Mike Calhoun. Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Glazed Salmon
Texas Roadhouse-Manager, Steve Hale-Steak Kabob and Baby Back Ribs
The Landing Family Restaurant-Owner and Chef Joe Spradley. Serving Plated Dessert of Signature Banana Pudding and Brownies.
Yamato Japanese Restaurant-Owner and Chef Sang Suh. Serving Famous Short rib Kabobs and Signature Volcano Sushi Roll. 

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