Signature Chefs


Julie, Heyward
| (803) 603-8262
Julie, Heyward

Thank you for supporting
Signature Chefs Auction, Columbia

DATE: Thursday, November 4, 2021  |  TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
ADDRESS: 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

For more information, please contact Julie Heyward, [email protected]


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Please note, in response to the rising number of COVID cases across the U.S., March of Dimes has adopted a COVID safety policy to safeguard the health of every guest, volunteer and family who gather at in-person events. This policy includes vaccine or testing (negative test results must derive from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the in-person event), as well as masking requirements for participation in March of Dimes events.

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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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Signature Chefs Auction is the premiere fundraising social event for the March of Dimes Columbia Market, featuring 10 of Columbia’s top chefs, unique live and silent auction packages. 300 hundred business leaders, community philanthropists and health care providers from many of the top corporations in Columbia attend each year. During its 25-year history, Signature Chefs has raised more than $12 million dollars to help tackle the biggest health threats to moms and babies.

We are following CDC guidelines in regards to mass gatherings and are rapidly preparing for an exciting, new format for our March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction gala. Black tie optional.


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 programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we’re building a brighter future for us all.




Paul C. Brown, MD, FACOG

An honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Browne graduated with his medical degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He went on to complete an obstetric and gynecology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, serving as chief resident, and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.
Dr. Browne is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in obstetrics and gynecology, and maternal-fetal medicine, with additional certifications in nuchal translucency and research education. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the South Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and the Southeastern OB/GYN Society. Dr. Browne has authored more than 40 peerreviewed articles, book chapters, posters and abstracts, and presented at more than 100 organizations, events and conferences. He has also been recognized as a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” and is a recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center “Commander’s Scroll of Appreciation.”
Prior to joining the Lexington Medical Center Network of Care, Dr. Browne was an associate professor and section chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He also served as director of Obstetrical Services at Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, as director of the Regional Perinatal Center of MCG Health in Augusta, Georgia, and as medical director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Augusta Technical College in Augusta, Georgia. In addition to these roles, he was the principal investigator for five clinical trials and the co-investigator for three research studies.
Maternal-fetal medicine physicians specialize in managing pregnancy complications. Primary care obstetricians may refer a patient to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist if they have concerns about potential complications for their patient or her baby. As part of the comprehensive women’s services at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington Maternal Fetal Medicine provides care for women in the Midlands with low-risk and high-risk pregnancies.


Dr. Valerie Skinner MD, Lexington Medical Center
Dr. Garner Wild MD, Columbia Eye Clinic
Dr. Janice Bacon MD, Lexington Medical Center
Dr. Laura Valleni MD, Pediatrix
Bruce Johnson, Dazzle Events
Kate Morrow, 2016 Ambassador Family
Cyndi Koli, Lexington Medial Center
Culinary & Logistics Chair: Kelly Glynn 
Lead Chef: Nelson De Hoyos, Halls Chophouse
Auction Chair: Bailey Lindsay, Scout & Molly's Boutique
Auction Chair: Marnie Robinson, Brookland Baptist Churtch
Autioneer: Benjamin Farrell, Custom Benefit Auction


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.  The Signature Chefs participating in this special event is what makes this event so amazing. Where else can you have the best in culinary, all in one evening!  *Check back for updates

Chef Nelson DeHoyos

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View our updated event acknowledgements and waivers here.