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March of Dimes Donation Processing Center
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Signature Chefs Auction Louisville

DATE: Thursday, November 3, 2022  |  TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Kentucky International Convention Center
ADDRESS: 221 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202


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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 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction supports March of Dimes work to nourish all aspects of motherhood – from prenatal to postpartum by fueling change and ensuring all pregnant moms have access to care, addressing inequity in maternal health, and strengthening moms, babies and families across America.

The Louisville's Signature Chefs Auction will feature over 30 of the finest local chefs and restaurants led by Chef Joshua Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante. We have an exciting evening planned at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville, and we hope you can join us in supporting March of Dimes and the moms and babies who need us now more than ever.  

Don't miss this premiere event on November 3, 2022!



From Polio to prematurity, the March of Dimes has been working to save babies for over 80 years. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In Kentucky, the preterm birth rate among black women is 30% higher than the rate among all other women. The March of Dimes is working hard to change these outcomes which is why we need your help more than ever.

Now more than ever, we must continue to fight for the health of moms, babies and their families. We invite you to consider making a meaningful investment in March of Dimes through a 100% tax-deductible gift to Fund the Mission. This gift will empower us to further level the playing field and create equitable health for every mom and every baby.

To pledge your support and make an investment for healthy moms and strong babies today, please contact Emily Willis at [email protected]


Akoy Agau is thrilled to be our chair for Signature Chefs Auction this year. Thanks to the leadership of Akoy and committee members, we are honored to present Louisville's 2022 Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.


Thanks to our lead chef, Joshua Moore with Volare Italian Ristorante, for helping March of Dimes lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Each year our guests enjoy a wide variety of cuisine from some of Louisville's most renowned chefs. For over a decade, Joshua Moore has taken Signature Chefs Auction to new heights. 

"Louisville could not have a better group of chefs who are passionate about gastronomy and helping their community in many ways." 


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.

Josh Moore
Volare Italian Ristorante

Hannah McClain
Biscuit Belly

Seth Butkus
Napa River Grill

John Varanese

Serge Katz

Chris Williams
Four Pegs

Jereme McFarland
Bourbons Bistro

The Manhattan Project

Dallas McGarity
Fat Lamb

Agostino Gabriele

Geoffrey Heyde
Fork & Barrel/Morning Fork

Patrick Gosden
Brasserie Provence

Henry Wesley

Cristian Garay
Lou Lou Food & Drink

Gustavo Reyes

Andrew McCabe
Bar Vetti

Abigail Mattingly
Bae's Baekery


More Chefs Coming Soon!

Meet our Ambassador Family,
Brandi & Dallas

After years of believing that I was unable to conceive, I discovered that I was pregnant.  Having never experienced pregnancy, I thought that the difficulty in bearing a child was part of the journey to motherhood.  At 22 weeks and 3 days, my water broke. After being examined, amniotic fluid was detected and preparation for Dallas’ early arrival began. 

On October 6th, 2019, Dallas was born at 23 weeks and 4 days, under 1 lb. He was so small that he could fit into the palm of my hand. As soon as he was born, he was whisked away to be intubated. I didn’t get to see him but I was able to hear a slight cry and that he had one eye open, so I was hopeful.  Hours later I was finally able to visit him in the NICU where a knot was discovered on the back of his head which caused him to be transported to Kosair later that day. 

Doctors inserted a PIC line into Dallas’ skull, allowing prolonged IV access, but this IV turned out to be the start of many issues. That PIC line was believed to be the source of the MRSA that Dallas contracted by the end of the 1st month in the NICU.  He also suffered from pneumonia and retinopathy of prematurity which causes retinal detachment.  He was diagnosed with apnea of prematurity where he experienced bradycardiac episodes of breath cessation for 20 seconds or more.  Dallas often underwent blood transfusions to lower his bilirubin score and to treat jaundice.  He was born with a heart murmur and diagnosed with chronic lung disease due to his underdeveloped lungs at birth requiring reliance on breathing machines which cause their own damage to the lungs. Dallas' most pressing issue was that he wasn’t growing. But by the end of 2019, he had finally grown large enough (2lbs) to receive treatment via cardiac catheterization and Dallas’ health improved seemingly overnight.

After several surgeries, several ups and downs, and 5 long months in the NICU, Dallas was finally able to come home. Once home, Dallas’ health really took off and soon he no longer needed to follow up with his cardiologist, ophthalmologist, neonatologist, dieticians, urologist, or surgeon. Dallas’ NICU journey was quite the rollercoaster for everyone involved, but he is truly a miracle to have overcome so much and to stand here today all smiles!


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