Celebrating two full decades of extraordinary food, fine wine and heartfelt generosity, more than 1,000 elegantly dressed guests attended the 20th Annual Chef’s Gala, which raised a record-setting $219,175 to help people in need.
Held Saturday, May 19 at Epcot® World Showplace, Chef’s Gala was hosted and sponsored by WALT DISNEY WORLD®, which has underwritten nearly the full cost of the event since it began in 1992.
Thanks to this commitment, as well as the generosity of our talented chefs, sponsors and others partners, a full 95% of dollars raised will go help fund more than 100 local health and human service programs.
Also contributing to year’s enormous success were two dedicated event co-chairs, Shawn Bartelt, Vice President & General Manager of WFTV 9 & Central Florida’s TV 27; and Simon Hemus, President & COO of Tupperware Brands Corporation.
After making a red-carpet entrance, guests enjoyed signature dishes from 24 of the region’s top chefs, as well as thoughtfully paired wines, desserts and specialty coffees. Other highlights included a sparkling wine and martini bar reception and a dazzling silent auction, co-chaired by Jane Bindas, Senior Director, Risk Management, Tupperware Brands Corporation; and Patty DeYoung, a community philanthropist.
“Over the past 20 years, Chef’s Gala has grown to become Central Florida’s premier food and wine pairing charitable event,” said United Way President and CEO Robert H. (Bob) Brown. “That 2012 was our biggest, most successful event ever is a true testament to the generosity of Disney, as well as so many other outstanding partners and individuals. We are deeply grateful for their trust, compassion and support.”
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