More than 250 philanthropists joined ARC Broward faculty and students in making the first annual Delish 2012 presented by The Wasie Foundation a spectacular culinary celebration, raising over $60,000 for ARC Broward. The event took place at the Sunrise Civic Center Grand Ballroom last month.
Chaired by Jen Klaassens, Vice President of Programs for The Wasie Foundation, and Gale Butler, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for AutoNation, Delish 2012 showcased the delectable culinary creations prepared by students and graduates of the ARC Broward Culinary Institute. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised during the event will support critically-needed services for children and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities and people with other challenges.
Delish 2012 guests included Bank of America Market Vice President Lori Chevy, State Representative Candidate Katie Edwards, United Way of Broward County CEO Kathleen Cannon, former State Representative Susan Goldstein and ARC Broward Board Chair Steve Pattison.
After being welcomed into the Civic Center’s Grand Ballroom by entertaining and engaging stilt walkers, guests sipped La Croix Delish Cran-razzles (the event’s signature cocktail), and savored the fabulous culinary delights created by the star chefs and students. Guests were moved to a standing ovation as Faith, Hope and Mia, three special guests from the ARC Broward Pre-school, took the dance floor by storm; and ARC Broward student Stephen Pattison helped the DJ spin the evening’s dance tunes.
In keeping with the evening’s theme, Delish 2012 honored community members who have supported ARC Broward and students who have excelled in the ARC Broward Culinary Institute’s program. Delish 2012 honorees included Individual ARC Angels, Fran and John Flynn, Corporate ARC Angel, Bank of America, and Culinary ARC Angel, Kyle Merrick.
The ARC Broward Culinary Institute uses food as a tool to transform lives and build stronger communities. The non-profit catering program creates outstanding culinary experiences in an ambiance of style and taste while providing real-world employment opportunities for the graduates of the Entry Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program.