Signature Chefs


Gensheimer, Jamie
[email protected] | (980) 939-6022
[email protected] Gensheimer, Jamie

Thank you for supporting
Signature Chefs Auction, Charlotte

DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Charlotte Marriott City Center
ADDRESS: 100 W Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


For more information, please contact Jamie Gensheimer at (980) 939-6022


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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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 2019 Signature Chefs Auction, as Charlotte's finest culinary talent come to support the March of Dimes at the Charlotte Marriott Center City. The Signature Chefs Auction is a high profile black-tie gala that pays tribute to the culinary excellence of our prominent chefs, while raising money to improve the health of all moms and babies. From your arrival at the event you will enjoy the chance to taste the chefs' creations while bidding on Silent Auction packages, before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy the evening with your friends, while you bid on our unique packages, and raise your paddle to Fund the Mission and give generously to save babies.


Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committees we are honored to present the Signature Chefs event. Through months of support these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generous team who has made this evening possible. 

Event Chairs: Dr. Kris Leake & Dr. Heather White
Lead Chef:  Chef Michael Rosen


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams.Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs event, 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 Jamie Gensheimer, [email protected] or (980) 939-6022 for more information.


March of Dimes believes that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.

From advocacy to education to research, we are working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy. Because when a society supports every family, the future is brighter for us all. And when communities come together, even the toughest problems can be solved.
We’re taking on one of the toughest problems facing moms and babies today—premature birth. In this country 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely each year. And while the U.S. preterm birth rate is high, women of color have an up to 50 percent higher rate of preterm birth than white women and their children can face a 130 percent higher infant death rate.

Here's what March of Dimes is doing to fight the biggest health threats to moms and babies:
  • We’re advocating at the federal and state levels for funding and legislation that put the health priorities of moms and babies first.
  • We’re working with the medical community to improve the health care women receive. 

  • We’re funding research at our six Prematurity Research Centers (PRC), including our recently established European PRC at Imperial College London, to create innovative collaborations that will accelerate improvements to the health of moms and babies for generations to come.
  • We’re providing families with resources and programs as well as educating moms before, during and after pregnancy to ensure that families have the best possible start.
  • We’re uniting local communities and partnering with organizations and companies, bringing together problem solvers, families and support systems to inspire change.
If you'd like to support March of Dimes by creating your own personal fundraising page, please click here.


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.

Michael Rosen

Carolina Commercial Kitchen
Lead Chef

Andres Prussing

Charlotte Marriott Center City

Michael Griswold

The Pump House

Rifali Almunir

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Dave Feimster


Colin Johnson

The Palm

Steve Jordan

On the Nines

Jon Fortes

Flipside Restaurant

Brett Faldstein

Sea Level

Tyler Honeycutt

Oak Steakhouse

Kamel Dahmani

City Club Charlotte

Michael Chanthavong

O-Ku Sushi

Whitney Thomas


Rob Clement

Porter's House
Rare Roots Hospitality

Michael Rayfield

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Luca Annunziata

Forchetta Italian Kitchen

Christine Alter

Christine's Konditorei

Michelle Krieg

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Felder Family

Sweet Girl Cookies


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.

Market Day with Chef Andres Prussing

Charlotte Marriott Center City

The Ultimate Hornets Fan Experience

Two suite experiences:
1/8/2020 vs Toronto Raptors
4/11/2020 vs Washington Wizards
Suite for 18 including catering and VIP parking passes.

OMB Beer Dinner with Chef Michael Rayfield

Five-course meal for 10 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Diamond Bangles from Morrison Smith Jewelers

Three bangles - 14kt yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold banges with 1.00ct total diamonds on each.

5Church Dining Experience with Chef Whitney Thomas

Five-course dinner for 10 with Chef Whitney Thomas.

The Palm In-Home Dinner with Chef Colin Johnson

Four-course dinner for 10 in your home.

7 Nights in Mexico

Winning bidder gets to choose from: Cabos San Lucas, Cancun, or Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy premier accommodations for 2.

The Pump House Wine Dinner with Chef Michael Griswold

Enjoy a five-course dinner on the rooftop at The Pump House for 8 with wine pairings.

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