100 Chefs to Help Youth Mentors, Crisis Connection

After skipping a year, 100 Cooks Who Care (previously 100 Men Who Cooks) are returning to Dubois County.

On September 10, dozens of local celebrity chefs will compete for tips to see who wins the Golden Spatula award while raising money for two local nonprofits, Mentors for Youth and Crisis Connection.

The Old National Bank’s signature fundraising event invites local chefs to prepare their favorite recipes and present them to the public for an evening of great dining. Visitors can see uniquely designed stations with cooks in identical costumes. All of this adds up to a fun, relaxing evening to enjoy with friends as you browse through the many offerings as many times as you like – or at least until all the food is eaten. There is also a silent auction and a live auction, as well as voting for your favorite celebrity chefs.

In 2019, the event raised $255,000 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) offices in Dubois and Orange counties. This year, the funds will be split between two Dubois County nonprofits.

Youth Mentors help build relationships between adults and children in need of role models. Through these relationships, children become more self-confident, perform better in school, participate in community projects, go to college, and avoid substance use to a greater extent than children who do not have access to healthy relationships with adults.

Youth Mentors currently have 42 children matched with mentors. There are currently about seven children on the waiting list, but these numbers change throughout the year. “That number will grow because we will see an influx of children in need of services,” explained Executive Director Ellen Korn.

Korn said that as the school year progresses, they start getting referrals from teachers as they get to know the kids in their classes.

It costs the organization about $1,500 a year to support a child and a mentor, Korn said. This number includes tuition, background checks, supplies, and related administrative costs for the child and the tutor. It also helps to support case management for each child.

“The money will be helpful because it will go towards expanding services to help more children in Dubois County,” Korn said.

The Dubois County Crisis Connection works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, providing them with confidential crisis intervention, victim advocacy, primary prevention education, working with community partners, and can even find them temporary housing. The Dubois County office receives calls from Crawford, Davis, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, and Spencer counties.

According to Crisis Connection Executive Director Paula Rashe, participating in the event as a philanthropist also makes the organization more visible in society. “This gives our organization an opportunity to speak out about what we do and who we serve, and to help people understand the problems we are here to solve,” Rashe said.

By selecting two organizations, the Old National organizing committee hopes to help two organizations that have overlapping impacts on at-risk groups in the region. According to Old National Jasper Market President Chad Hoffman, the organization likes to choose more than one non-profit organization to support during an event, and this helps support organizations with a common mission.

“It’s a fun, laid-back night,” Hoffman said. “Just gather your friends and come and try a bunch of different dishes. everything from wild turkey soup to candied pig gizzards and TUMS. We try to have a little bit of everything.”

Along with great food, this year’s auction has a few highlights, such as a special day with Ball State men’s basketball coach Michael Lewis, which includes a pre-game lunch with the team, as well as a pre-game practice visit. There is a Churchill Downs package for 40 people with drinks and food. In addition, a t-shirt autographed by Coulson Montgomery will be up for auction. “His stock is up,” Hoffman said of the Dutch native signed by the Chicago White Sox in 2021.

The 100 Cooks Who Care competition will take place on September 10, 2022 at the Huntingburg Event Center. You can purchase tickets/tables online here or by contacting Chad Hoffman at [email protected] or 812-634-5238.

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