Signature Chefs


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Eldridge, Amy, MA
[email protected] | (401) 228-1930
[email protected] Eldridge, Amy

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Signature Chefs Auction, Rhode Island

DATE: Thursday, September 19, 2019  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Skyline at Waterplace
ADDRESS: 1 Finance Way, Providence, RI 02903

For more information, please contact Amy Eldridge at 401-228-1930 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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You are cordially invited to join us for March of Dimes' 18th annual Signature Chefs Auction of Rhode Island! This night of giving is widely regarded as RI's premier charitable culinary event, and features an evening of elegance and incredible food in a lovely new venue ~ The Skyline at Waterplace. Samples of signature dishes and wines are offered by some of the state's most acclaimed chefs and restaurant partners. Their tastings are complemented by a silent and live auction which includes an opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting and unique prize packages & experiences. Our guests will also have an opportunity to make a 100% tax deductible donation in support of March of Dimes' mission to help every mom have a healthy baby.  


David Dadekian has been called "RI's unofficial Food Laureate" by Philip Eli of the Providence Phoenix. He is the "mastermind of the food news website and event organizing operation- Eat Drink RI, who seems to know every chef, restaurant, farm stand & manufactured food product within state lines." Dadekian created Eat Drink RI (EDRI) in 2010, and over the past 4 years, has grown to be one of the top media, marketing and event production companies in the region for all things culinary. In addition to the annual 4-day Eat Drink RI Festival, EDRI produces a variety of dinner series, offers the widest free event calendar and job listings, covers local news about chefs, restaurants and products, and works with a variety of non-profit organizations that support the local food sector. EDRI also produces several markets around the state, including 2 weekly seasonal farmers markets in Smithfield and the annual PVD Winter Lights Market in Kennedy Plaza with the City of Providence.
David is proud to serve as our 2019 Rhode Island Signature Chefs Auction Chair, leading the charge to help ensure a successful, enjoyable and memorable event experience for all, in support of March of Dimes & the fight for healthy moms and babies.


Dr. James Padbury, Chief of Pediatrics at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, is proud to serve as our 2019 Honorary Fund the Mission Chair, and is committed to helping us take the event to new heights this year. March of Dimes thanks Dr. Padbury for his leadership and support as we work together to fight for the health of all moms and babies.


Erin and Todd Yarbough had a long and arduous journey into parenthood. They experienced 8 miscarriages before finally becoming Mom and Dad to Elijah, born 8 weeks early in July of 2012 at just 2 lbs, 11 oz; and Xavier, born 4 weeks early in August of the following year at 5 lbs. Due to an incredibly rare placental condition called Maternal Floor Infarction, Erin learned that her chances of having a healthy baby were less than .01%. Both boys suffered many life-threatening complications immediately after their birth, and received excellent care during their stay in the Women & Infants Hospital NICU. Without the advances in neo-natal research funded by March of Dimes, the boys might not be here today.

The Yarboughs' are honored to serve as our 2019 Rhode Island Signature Chefs Auction Ambassador Family and they look forward to sharing their story with our guests at the event in September.

March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We're working to radically improve the health care they receive. We're pioneering research to find solutions. We're empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all.

Culinary Excellence

Chef Edward Bolus' passion for food & cooking developed at an early age. Born and raised in PA, one of his most vivid childhood memories was awakening to the aromas of his mother's & grandmother's home-cooked meals. He lends his inspiration to these women and regards them as his culinary mentors. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, his culinary career began at Mill's Tavern in 2006 where he was a sous chef, mentored by some of Providence's top four-star chefs. Bolus has played an integral role in sustaining the reputation that Mill's has today. Now as Executive Chef, he continues the tradition & upholds their standards in fine dining, taking pride in carefully crafting their exquisite seasonal fare, ensuring each dish is flawlessly executed.

Meet Chef Bolus and enjoy a selection of samples from Mill's impressive menu at the event! Check back soon for more participating establishments who look forward to sharing their culinary talents with you. 


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, 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 March of Dimes. 

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