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March of Dimes produces Signature Chefs Auction

October 30, 2015
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DeVos Place turns a healthy shade of black
DeVos Place convention center features a 162,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 40,000-square-foot ballroom and 26 meeting rooms totaling 32,000 square feet.

An auction to benefit newborns and their families will be held downtown on Monday night.

There will be 21 local chefs on hand at the 19th-annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in Grand Rapids, offering samples of their signature dishes at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom.

More than 700 people are expected to attend the event.

Hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live auction and the presentation of the Top Signature Chef Award at 7:30 p.m.

The auction features gifts, travel packages and dining.

Last year’s event included chefs from Amore Trattoria Italiana, Bar Divani, Charley’s Crab, Terra, Spinnaker and others.

Over 19 years, the Signature Chefs Auction has raised more than $2 million for the March of Dimes.


The cost of the event is $200 a person or $2,000 for a VIP table, which reserves seating for 10 people. Of the $200 ticket price, $150 is tax deductible.

Tickets can be purchased online.


This year’s event is chaired by Frank Stanek of Owen Ames Kimball, and the fund the mission chair is Richard Leach of Spectrum Health Medical Group and Michigan State University.

Those interested in volunteering can register at the event's website.

March of Dimes

Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the general health of infants and their mothers and funding research, education and support needed to end premature birth.

More than 500,000 babies annually are born prematurely in the U.S., with more than 15,000 in Michigan.

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