Signature Chefs


Petersen, Melissa
| (616) 222-6830
Petersen, Melissa

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Signature Chefs Auction, Lansing

DATE: Monday, October 15, 2018  |  TIME: 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Kellogg Hotel & Confrence Center
ADDRESS: 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

For more information please contact Melissa Petersen at (616) 222-6830 or [email protected]


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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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Dr. Alane Laws Barker, 2018 Chairman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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.


The Signature Chef Auction pays tribute to the culinary excellence of chefs in the Lansing area. The chefs are the highlight of the event, with the food they prepare and the live auction packages they bring to the event.

Guests are given the opportunity to visit personally with each of the chefs, taste their cuisine, and learn more about the restaurants they represent. The event will be at the Kellogg Center in Lansing, MI on Monday, October 15, 2018.  

Attendees represent leaders from the political, business, sports and media arenas in the Greater Lansing area. It is an upscale event for people that enjoy fine dining, good wines, and a social evening with friends and family.


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, as well as the award-winning March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

March of Dimes grantees in West Michigan are positively impacting birth outrcomes. Each partner is conducting a program that will increase preconception and prenatal health knolwedge, 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. 


Four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We look forward to your event night ticket and auction purchases, however, here's another way you can help the March of
Dimes continue crucial research to save babies:

•The auctioneer will call out several different funding levels.
•Raise your bid card at every level you with to donate. The amount will be reflected on your final receipt at check out.
•Your FTM donation is 100% tax deductible.

Signature Chefs

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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Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Chef Luciano Loredo

Williamston Pub and Grill

Chef Sarah Kops

The State Room

Chef Trufant

Kellogg Catering

Chef John Findley

University Club of MSU

Chef James Sumpter

Dusty's Wine Bar

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Chef Osman

Ozzy Kabob's

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Chef Becky Campbell

Canada Dry Bottling

Chef James Defrees

The 517 Coffee Company

Chef Rick Wyble

American Fifth Spirits

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Chef Kenneth Wright

Wright Endings Bakery

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Chef Josh Moyer

Lansing Brewing Co

Chef Rachelle White

Center of the Plate LLC


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 Ginger Feldman at [email protected]  Learn More  Commitment Form

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To sign up to help us carry off this amazing event! Click here. We can't do it without all our volunteers! For specific needs, email [email protected]  

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