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March of Dimes - DPC
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Signature Chefs Auction Hampton Roads

DATE: Thursday, October 24, 2019  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
ADDRESS: 777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510


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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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The Signature Chefs Auction brings together top local chefs showcasing their culinary masterpieces, an exciting live and silent auction featuring one of a kind packages - some even donated by the chefs themselves! Proceeds from the evening will benefit the March of Dimes and our mission to lead the fight for healthy moms and strong babies.

Dress for the evening is cocktail attire.

Featured Chefs will include:

2019 Ambassador

The March of Dimes mission revolves around our families. We love to share their powerful stories. The Mitchell family is no exception. William and Victoria Mitchell began their NICU journey when their daughter, Sage, was born at 22 weeks gestation. She weighed only 500 grams - about 1 lb and 1.5 ounces. Sage spent the first month of her life at Sentara Virginia Beach General before she was transported to CHKD after it was determined that she had a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and required surgery. Sage also underwent surgery on her eyes as result of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). After a  three month stay, Sage was discharged from CHKD’s step down unit weighing a little over 4lbs. Sage has only been hospitalized 1 time since she was released but Sage is still followed by a specialist for her eyes. She had a total of seven surgeries, 5 of which were related to her eyes and 2 for the PDA.
Today, Sage is a healthy, happy teenager who loves children, playing tennis and music. She is a rising 11th grader at Kellam High School where she plays on the girls tennis team. Upon graduating from High School, Sage plans to attend college in Atlanta where she will study medicine with the ultimate goal of becoming a neonatologist to help save premature babies just like her.
The Mitchell family has been a dedicated supporter and advocate of the March of Dimes for sixteen years. They have been a part of our March for Babies event since 2003 – when Sage was still in the NICU. They appreciate all the support the organization has given them and are a strong reminder why the March of Dimes leads the fight for all moms and babies.



This year we are thrilled to have Julia Rust as our Event Chair. Julia is a partner at Pierce McCoy, a boutique corporate law firm located in downtown Norfolk. She focuses her practice on corporate litigation and business disputes. Julia is passionate about women's issues and after supporting March of Dimes for several years with her husband Steve through the Signature Chefs Auction, she was eager to become more actively involved with the organization. The Signature Chefs Auction is not just an exciting culinary event, but an opportunity to see the impact that March of Dimes' research, advocacy, and resources has had on mothers, infants, and their families during such critical times. Supporting March of Dimes' mission will provide more happy endings for these families.


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 Caroline Myatt for additional information at [email protected].

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