21st Annual Chef’s Gala Draws More than 1,000 Guests and Raises $296,000 for Local Residents in Need
Event sets record as most successful in Chef’s Gala history
Twenty-four top chefs from Central Florida’s finest dining establishments joined together for the 21st Annual Chef’s Gala, benefiting Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) on Saturday, May 4 at Epcot® World Showplace. The event featured extraordinary food, fine wines, live music and a dazzling silent auction with 190 items up for bid.
More than 1,000 guests enjoyed the evening, which generated a record-breaking total of $296,000 to benefit local non-profit programs supported by United Way that provide food, shelter and other services to Central Floridians in dire need.
“This year’s Chef’s Gala was yet another outstanding success especially considering the economic challenges still facing our community,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President/CEO of Heart of Florida United Way. “Thanks to the dedication of our co-chairs, Disney, the chefs and our title sponsor Tupperware, 95 percent of all money raised will go to help our neighbors, friends, family and co-workers who have fallen on hard times recently. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s support.”
Co-chairing the 2013 event were Simon Hemus, President & COO of Tupperware Brands Corporation, and Dr. Antonia Novello, Executive Director, Public Health Policy, Florida Hospital.
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