Culinary Creations of Oregon’s Top Chefs Cook Up $244,000

April 10, 2007

Oregon's Top Chef
Mary Duncan, who has CF, thanks the event's chair Larry VandenBrink (right) for his dedication to the Foundation.
Taking a cookbook page from the hit TV show “Top Chef,” the Oregon Chapter hosted its 10th annual Harry’s Fresh Foods Chef’s Dinner Extraordinaire combining sumptuous food with a live and silent auction that raised $244,000.

On March 15, more than 300 people came together at the Oregon Convention Center to help raise money for CF research and other initiatives. Mingling in the hall and main rooms, elegantly attired guests were surrounded by pictures of Oregon children with CF, after whom the cascading silent auction sections were named.

The commitment to helping children with CF drew people to the dinner, but the sweetener was the appeal of a seven-course meal—each course prepared and catered by one of the area’s elite chefs—that helped create the atmosphere of generosity that made this event a night to remember.

Fine wines were paired with each course, as the live auction items generated a great response. In keeping with the evening’s theme, a culinary cruise on Rod Harris’ yacht raised $18,000 and was quickly matched by a second cruise for the same amount. In the spirit of the evening, four of Paula Deen’s Gooey Cakes went to winning tables for $500 each thanks to the terrific emceeing by her sons, Bobby and Jamie.

The evening was punctuated by moving glimpses into the life of CF children. Monica and Bob Robison talked about their twin daughters, who have CF, during the Bid for a Cure, which raised $81,250. In addition, the crowd was captivated by a video of 3-year-old Ella Deveaux.

Kudos to an inspiring team effort led by event chair Larry VandenBrink with a team of volunteers, including George Brown, Linda Cervetto, Kristin Coleman, Susan Crow, Mary Duncan, Mark Kost, Brian Luccio, Richard Ransome and Kevin VandenBrink. A very special thanks to corporate sponsors Harry’s Fresh Foods, Harvey and Sandy Platt, Smiles Family Dental, and Sullivan and Associates of Oregon.