Signature Chefs


MacBride, Caitlin
[email protected] | (216) 503-8414
[email protected] MacBride, Caitlin



DATE: Thursday, November 18, 2021  |  TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Landerhaven
ADDRESS: 6111 Landerhaven Dr, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124


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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!

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.

Become a sponsor

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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To purchase a sponsorship, select the "Purchase Now" button at the top of the page.

Through partnerships with companies, organizations, and individuals, 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 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.

Please contact Caitlin MacBride at [email protected] or 216.503.8414 for more information.

Corporate Chair
Brett Lindsey, CEO of Everstream & Founder of Snip

Brett Lindsey was named CEO of Everstream in 2014. Everstream is a network service provider headquartered in Cleveland that has invested over a billion dollars since 2015 to grow from a Northeast Ohio only focused business to a super-regional provider with 25,000 route miles across 10 states through a series of acquisitions and greenfield fiber builds.   In 2018, Brett facilitated the sale of Everstream to AMP Capital, a global investment manager headquartered in London. With this investment, Everstream has expanded its network into new markets, including Chicago, Columbus, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis, and announced strategic acquisitions in Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. Last year alone, the expansion resulted in a 50% growth in Everstream’s workforce.

Brett is also the Founder of Snip.  Snip is a residential internet provider founded in 2015 to bring choice to downtown Cleveland apartment tenants.  In 2020 Snip raised private equity to fund an expansion plan which allowed for Snip to complete an acquisition of Rocket Fiber in Detroit and build greenfield networks in Milwaukee and Columbus.  Snip is focused on bringing choice to tenants living in urban areas across the Midwest.
Brett lives in Bratenahl with his wife Teresa.  All of their 5 children call Northeast Ohio home.  Brett is involved locally with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Metro Parks and the GCP Tech Board of Advisors.

Pellegrini Family
2021 Ambassador Family

Andrew and Adrian were born at 27 weeks 5 days.  Andrew was 2lbs 13oz and Adrian was 2lbs 4oz.  They were born early enough that we had yet to even settle on their names, so for the first couple days they were Pellegrini “A” and Pellegrini “B”.  

Christine had what was considered a “normal” twin pregnancy and was healthy, exercising, taking her vitamins, and managing the stress of preparing our household for her first children to arrive for 27 weeks and 3 days of her pregnancy. Two days before the boys were born Christine started to not feel well and she knew something was off.  Following her doctor’s suggestion, Christine took it easy that next day with rest but still knew something was not right.  She ended up being admitted to the hospital for monitoring, which very quickly showed that she was in labor.  She was given medication to stop the labor and when that was not working was given a corticosteroid to help the boys’ lungs stimulate surfactant release so they would be better prepared to breathe.  Within just a couple hours the twins were born 19 minutes apart and were whisked off to the NICU.

Over the next few days Christine and Joe found that Andrew had suffered a Grade 3 Intraventricular Brain Hemorrhage (while in-utero), was in respiratory distress, had a large PDA in his heart, severe apnea spells, was intubated and placed on a ventilator.  Adrian was also intubated and placed on a ventilator and had both kidney and bladder issues as well.  Both he and Andrew were jaundiced and were under the bilirubin lights inside their isolettesWhen Adrian’s weight dropped to below 2lbs in the first couple weeks, we realized how fragile they seemed but also how strong they actually were.

As the days became weeks they both had success and setbacks.  With the expertise of the staff of doctors, nurses, and therapists in the NICU and the unwavering support of family and friends the boys really made progress. After 56 days in the NICU we were able to bring Adrian home and then we welcomed Andrew home after 69 days in the NICU.

Their journey was not over after leaving the NICU and the boys both had to work through and overcome medical and physical hurdles in their first few years.  But as the years kept moving on and their “preemie” delays disappeared, they have grown into kind, caring and intelligent young men.  They are both seniors in High School preparing for college, Andrew looking into Business and Adrian into Biology.  Seeing them today, you would never know how challenging their start in this world was.

Read more about the Pellegrini Family here.


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.

Please consider a gift to fund our mission by clicking here

Medical Honoree
Edward Chien, MD, MBA,
Chair, Department of Obstetric & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic

Edward K. S. Chien, MD, MBA is a physician scientist that is active in both patient care and research. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in December 2019 to take on the position as Chair of the Department of Obstetric and Gynecology Specialists. He holds an appointment as a Professor of Reproductive Biology at CASE Western Reserve University. He came to Cleveland in 2013 to join MetroHealth Medical Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program. His area of clinical expertise is in prematurity with a focus on prenatal ultrasound techniques and cervical changes in pregnancy. He graduated from the University of Illinois (Urbana, BS Chemical Engineering), his MD from the University of Illinois (Chicago) and MBA from George Washington University (Washington, DC). He completed his residency training in 1992 at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowship training in 1994 at the University of Chicago. Dr. Chien has served as MFM fellowship director at the University of Vermont, Brown University and at Case Western Reserve University. He has been an active investigator in a number of national studies while serving as the center Principal Investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development Maternal Fetal Medicine Networks Unit as MetroHealth and as the site PI for the NICHD National Fetal Growth Study while at Brown University. He continues to be involved in research at the Cleveland Clinic


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. The 2021 Silent Auction is open! Register here

Honorary Chef
Joe Uniatowski, Executive Chef/Culinary Specialist, Sysco

Chef Joe has over 35 years of experience as a chef de cuisine. A 1983 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he has worked the bulk of his career in Northeastern Ohio. 

Chef Joe has held executive chef positions with five diversified operations. He is presently the Executive Chef/Culinary Specialist for SYSCO Food Services of Cleveland, working with restaurant owners and chefs with the goal of making their operations more profitable.

His other experiences include, Executive Chef/General Manager of Grand Market Grille in Medina, OH, Sammy Restaurants and Catering in Cleveland, OH, and Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. 


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.

Featured Chef
Chris Hodgson

Driftwood Restaurants & Catering
Dish: Kobe beef tar tar, foie gras mousse, brioche, caviar, chive

Featured Chef
Joshua Scherger

Michael Angelo's Winery
Dish: Short rib slider with arugula, pickled carrot, jalapeno jelly, garlic aioli, brioche

Featured Chef
Dominic Surace

Sodexo at University Hospitals
Dish: Braised pork belly bao & Thai BBQ tofu salad

Featured Chef
Ken Sherepita

Sodexo at University Hospitals
Dish: Braised pork belly bao & Thai BBQ tofu salad

Anthony Quagliata

Orlando Baking Company
Dish: Turkey Meatloaf panini with a wild mushroom marsala and smoked gouda on Orland's essential multigrain bread

Lloyd Foust

Gingham Market by Gatherings Kitchen
Dish: Roasted butternut squash soup with squash seed tahini and cheese grissini

Omar McKay

iRiE Jamaican Kitchen
Dish: Jerk chicken

Anthony Scolaro

One Eleven Bistro
Dish: Chorizo stuffed medjool dates wrapped in bacon with piquillo coulis sauce

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