People & Places: CTCA's Chefs for the Cure event raises money for Komen Tulsa
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, June 28, 2012
6/28/12 at 5:13 PM
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Some of Tulsa's most popular chefs did some singing for their supper as part of the menu when Cancer Treatment Centers of America held its eighth annual Chefs for the Cure event.
More than 350 people attended the event, which helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tulsa affiliate.
Guests voted for their favorite chefs and the dishes they created by dropping money into jars at each chef's station - the top five had a chance to sing karaoke-style with a live band.
The top five fundraising chefs were Michael Funk of The Polo Grill, Kenny Wagoner of CTCA, Richard Schlosberg of ONEOK Plaza, Ben Garrison and Jenna Akuma of Juniper, and Julia Howard of The Melting Pot, who won the competition with her rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
Guests who donated $25 to Komen could choose between the "Red, White or Raffle" fundraisers. Participants could choose to be entered to win one of several prize packages from businesses around Tulsa or pick a bottle from a disguised collection of wines that ranged in price from $20 to $50.
"Chefs for the Cure is a great kickoff for the 16th annual Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure," said Christy Southard, Komen Tulsa executive director. "We are so appreciative to all of the great chefs and to our Vision Partner, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for helping raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer right here in our own community."
Every penny raised provides breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for underserved women in the Tulsa community.
Among those attending were Steve Mackin, president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Sondra and Tony Otto; Eddie Hathcoat; Jan and Eric Bohnem; and Clarence Oliver.
Judges were Laura Moss of KTUL, channel 8, Tasha Ball of This Land Press and Cary Aspinwall of the Tulsa World.
Restaurants and companies participating in this year's event included Baxter's Interurban Grill, Polo Grill, GoFresh, PartyServe, OSU IT School of Culinary Arts, Platt College of Culinary Arts, Ludger's Cakes, Elements Steakhouse at River Spirit Casino, Juniper Restaurant and Martini Lounge, Raw Intentions, ONEOK Plaza, The Melting Pot and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Original Print Headline: Singing chefs help benefit Komen
Kenny Wagoner (left), executive chef at CTCA; Christy Southard, executive director of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tulsa affiliate; and Steve Mackin, president and CEO of CTCA Tulsa, took part in the recent Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chefs for the Cure. Courtesy