Signature Chefs


Berman, Katie
[email protected] | (513) 370-5004
[email protected] Berman, Katie

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Signature Chefs Feeding Motherhood Cincinnati

DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018  |  TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
ADDRESS: 151 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

For more information about the 2018 Greater Cincinnati/N. Kentucky Signature Chefs Auction contact, Katie Berman at (513) 370-5004.


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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 Signature Chefs Auction is an awards event and premier fundraiser that brings together the community to recognize culinary excellence and achievements for our top chefs in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. 
Our local chefs will compete to take home the 2018 Top Signature Chef Award. We invite you to come and taste our chefs creations while partaking in a dynamic and interactive cocktail party atmosphere. The event also includes a live auction along with a compelling appeal to support the mission of March of Dimes.
As we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of March of Dimes, we continue the fight for Healthy Moms. Strong Babies. 


Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, with over 17,000 in Ohio alone. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. 

March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families. 

With your March of Dimes Fund the Mission Gift at Signature Chefs, we can help to fund the research, education, and support needed to ensure more babies celebrate their first birthday.

Saving babies is what we do.  Its what we’ve always done.  And we want to do it together with you! Your support is critical to ensure that "every baby has a fighting chance!" 

March of Dimes story:

2018 Event Co-Chairs- Rebecca and Jason Riegelsberger

Rebecca Riegelsberger, VP of Tax and Treasury with The E.W. Scripps Company is responsible for treasury operations and banking relationships as well as leading the corporate tax function in direct and indirect taxes, tax planning and support of acquisitions and divestitures. Her tax and treasury responsibilities include 33 television stations and a collection of local and national journalism and content businesses. Rebecca is the Chair of the local board for March of Dimes, a board trustee with UpSpring, a local non-profit that focuses on educational opportunities for homeless children and Flywheel, a social enterprise hub. She enjoys spending time on Lake Cumberland with her husband Jason and 6-year-old twin girls, Emmy and Claire.
Jason Riegelsberger, State Farm Agent, Bridgetown, OH is the owner/operator of a local State Farm branch on the west side of Cincinnati.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he was a member of the track team and ran the 800M.  He has been an agent for 10 years offering home, auto, and life insurance where he helps his clients manage the risks of everyday life.  He primarily enjoys spending time with his family as well as competing in local road races and triathlons.

Our Ambassador Family- The Naser Family

We are excited to recognize the Naser family as our Signature Chefs Auction Ambassador Family.  Their story like hundreds of others in the Greater Cincinnati/N. Kentucky region magnifies the important work that March of Dimes does to fight for the little ones who can't fight for themselves. To read more about Kaya's Story, click here.

Medical Honoree- Dr. Emily DeFranco, DO, MS

Emily DeFranco, DO, MS is a productive clinician scientist conducting clinical research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Her primary research interest is in the area of preterm birth, focusing on both clinical trials for prematurity prevention and epidemiologic studies evaluating genetic and environmental influences to preterm delivery.  She is a patent holder from her sentinel work on progesterone for the prevention of spontaneous preterm birth. Her additional research endeavors include stillbirth, infant mortality, birth spacing, and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.  She enjoys mentoring undergraduate students, medical students, and physicians in training in their acquisition of knowledge of hypothesis generation, study design, and application of clinical research.
Dr. DeFranco graduated first in her class from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1998 as the Valedictorian with multiple academic honors. She completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2002 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, and remained on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2002 to 2005. Following fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, she joined the faculty at UC in the Department of OB/GYN. She received a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational research from the University of Cincinnati in 2010. She is the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Community Honoree- Megan Fischer

Megan Fischer, CEO & Founder of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

In 2014, Megan was pregnant with her second child and learned diapers are not covered by food stamps or WIC. She read stories about babies being left in the same diaper for days, disposable diapers being reused, and the infections children get from a lack of clean diapers. As a parent, she couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to not be able to provide for the basic needs of your babies, and tried to find a diaper bank in Cincinnati to volunteer with. When nothing turned up, an idea took shape, and Megan envisioned an organization that could work with social service agencies in Cincinnati to make sure every baby in the city she loves had clean diapers.

In the fall of 2015, Megan attended the Unpolished Conference for entrepreneurs at Crossroads Church in Oakley, and it proved to be the spark she needed to stop ignoring the call she felt to start a diaper bank. Just a few days after the conference, Megan had an amazing team in place ready to throw their support and talents into starting Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, and she’s been working hard to create a thriving program for families in need ever since.

In February of 2017, Megan made the move to Sweet Cheeks full time. When she’s not growing the organization, she spends time with her two kiddos, Archer and Elsa, and her husband, Brian.

The March of Dimes is proud to honor Megan Fischer as this year's Community Honoree for her dedication and committment to helping to make sure diapers are available for all babies in our city.


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.

Our Sponsorship opportunities.

Please contact Katie Berman at (513) 370-5004 for more information.


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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