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Gourmet Gala - A Celebrity Cook-off

DATE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: National Building Museum
ADDRESS: 440 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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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!

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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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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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The March of Dimes Gourmet Gala is a fundraiser with a unique Capitol Hill flavor. Washington notables, including more than 50 U.S. Senators and Representatives, participate in this competitive cook-off as Celebrity Chefs, serving their favorite hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks. Corporate sponsor representatives serve as their sous chefs. Their recipes are judged with awards given for six categories of achievement. View the 2016 Gourmet Gala Highlights Video.  

In 2017, the event attracted over 90 corporate sponsors, had more than 600 guests, and raised $1,123,000 for the March of Dimes. View Celebrity Chef recipes. View event photos TapSnap event photos.

2017 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala Award Winners:
Judge’s Choice –
Senator John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso (WY), Roosevelt Beans
People’s Choice – Senator Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abigail Blunt (MO), Pan Seared Scallops with Wilted Spinach, Bacon Jam, and Spiced Pecans
Healthiest Recipe – Senator Mazie Hirono and Mr. Leighton Kim Oshima (HI), Mazie Hirono’s Hawaii Kimchi Recipe
Hometown Hero – Representative Steve Scalise (LA), Shrimp Etouffee
Best Presentation – Representative Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith (NE), White Chili  
Easiest Preparation – Representative Mike Thompson and Mrs. Janet Thompson (CA), Roasted Maple Herb Nuts


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we were honored to present the 35th Annual Gourmet Gala. After months of hard work, these volunteers helped take the Gala to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team who helped make this evening possible.

Gala Co-Chairs
Caroline Aderholt, Alabama
Vivian Bishop, Georgia
Colleen Ochoa Peters, Michigan
Gayle Wicker, Mississippi

Finance Co-Chairs
Debbie Marshall, Chevron
Erskine Wells, BGR Group

Finance Committee
Chris Berardini, Quicken Loans
Amy Hawkins & Rachel Brinson, BNSF
Heather Alfano Briggs, Amway
Pattie DeLoatche, Sidley Austin
Kathy Didawick, BlueCross BlueShield Association
Kathleen Jaeger, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation
Melissa Maxfield & Jennifer Medley, Comcast NBCUniversal
Gina Rigby, Aflac
Anna Schneider, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Linda Ulrich, Wine Institute


Gourmet Gala unites those who share a demonstrated commitment to the health of our nation's infants through the March of Dimes Foundation. More than 50 Members of Congress compete as Celebrity Chefs, and corporate sponsors serve as their Sous Chefs.  

For information on 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina Cavucci.

2017 Benefactor Sponsors: AARP,
Abbott Laboratories, Airbus Group, American Chemistry Council, BP America Inc., C Spire, Comcast NBCUniversal, Fluor CorporationHoneywell International, Inc., Huntington Ingalls Industries, Merck & Company, Parsons Corporation, Pfizer, Quicken Loans, Raytheon, Sanofi, Siemens Corporation, Southern Company, TSYS, and UPS

2017 Media Sponsors: The Hill, National Journal, The Umbrella Syndicate and The Washington Diplomat


Representative Robert Aderholt and Mrs. Caroline Aderholt, Alabama*
Representative Sanford Bishop and Mrs. Vivian Bishop, Georgia*
Senator Gary Peters and Mrs. Colleen Ochoa Peters, Michigan
Senator Roger F. Wicker and Mrs. Gayle Wicker, Mississippi
Representative Rick W. Allen and Mrs. Robin Allen, Georgia
Senator John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso, Wyoming
Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mrs. Cynthia Blumenthal, Connecticut
Senator Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abigail Blunt, Missouri*
Senator John Boozman and Mrs. Cathy Boozman, Arkansas
Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Mr. Charlie Capito, West Virginia
Senator Bob Casey and Mrs. Terese Casey, Pennsylvania
Senator Bill Cassidy and Dr. Laura Layden Cassidy, Louisiana
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman and Rev. William Coleman, New Jersey
Representative Mike Conaway and Mrs. Suzanne Conaway, Texas
Senator John Cornyn and Mrs. Sandy Cornyn, Texas
Senator Tom Cotton and Mrs. Anna Cotton, Arkansas
Representative Joe Crowley and Mrs. Kasey Crowley, New York
Representative Diana DeGette, Colorado
             Representative Debbie Dingell, Michigan*
  Representative Lloyd Doggett and Dr. Libby Doggett, Texas
Senator Joe Donnelly and Mrs. Jill Donnelly, Indiana
Senator Mike Enzi and Mrs. Diana Enzi, Wyoming
Senator Deb Fischer, Nebraska
Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona
Representative Marcia Fudge, Ohio
Senator Cory Gardner and Mrs. Jaime Gardner, Colorado
Representative Garret Graves and Mrs. Carissa Graves, Louisiana
Representative Gene Green and Mrs. Helen Green, Texas
Senator Mazie Hirono and Mr. Leighton Kim Oshima, Hawaii
Representative Richard and Mrs. Renee Hudson, North Carolina
Representative Bill Johnson and Mrs. LeeAnn Johnson, Ohio
Representative Trent Kelly and Mrs. Sheila Kelly, Mississippi
Senator Angus King and Ms. Mary Herman, Maine
Representative Doug Lamborn and Mrs. Jeanie Lamborn, Colorado
Representative Bob Latta and Mrs. Marcia Latta, Ohio
Representative Dave Loebsack and Mrs. Terry Loebsack, Iowa
Representative Billy Long and Mrs. Barbara Long, Missouri
Representative Doris Matsui, California
Representative Eric Paulsen, Minnesota
Senator Pat Roberts and Mrs. Franki Roberts, Kansas*
Representative Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina
Representative Adrian Smith and Mrs. Andrea Smith, Nebraska
Representative Steve Stivers, Ohio
Representative Mike Thompson and Mrs. Janet Thompson, California*
Senator Pat Toomey and Mrs. Kris Toomey, Pennsylvania
Representative Michael Turner and Mrs. Majida Turner, Ohio
Senator Tom Udall and Mrs. Jill Cooper Udall, New Mexico*
Representative Marc Veasey, Texas
Senator Mark Warner and Mrs. Lisa Collis, Virginia

*Denotes Legacy Chefs (participation as a Celebrity Chef for 10 or more years)


Premature birth is the #1 killer of babies. 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. You can help fight premature birth by making a 100% tax deductible donation at the event or click here to make your donation today. See how your donations will support our mission.

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