Monday, October 5, 2015

Chef Prize - The Beauty of Giving Back

Yesterday, an inaugural event was held at the breathtaking Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport Michigan called Chef Prize!  It might have been a little chilly to start, but as the day unfolded it did warm up a bit and a great time was had by all who attended. 
The food was exquisite, the setting was perfect and the cause was one that brought a community together.  None of the participating restaurants were paid to be there.  They even provided the food they sampled.

Photo courtesy Shelley Irwin/Facebook

Our local hospital, Hackley Hospital has a branch called Hackley Community Care and they make getting medical care for those who are uninsured or under-insured possible, and they do it by going directly to the neighborhoods they serve.  This time around, it’s a teen health center in the Oakridge neighborhood of Muskegon. The amazing statistics of just how great the need for teen health care was the focus of the day and being a fund raiser great attention was given to some facts that most people just don’t know about health care.

Photo courtesy Shelley Irwin/ Facebook
From our end, we worked to provide some of the banners, imaging and items that drew attention to the event and we pooled our resources to help Hackley Community Care and Hampton Green Farm with a small media tour of radio and television stations in the area to talk about the event.  We also leveraged our social media reach to help spread the word.   It’s a great feeling to know that the connections you have made over the years can pay off when something as important as the health of our kids is concerned.
Photo Courtesy Shelley Irwin/Facebook

We were honored to be a part of this great event and humbled by the opportunity to give back to the community that has so greatly blessed all of us.  On the way out, there was plenty of talk about Chef Prize 2016 and I have to wonder what the chef’s will dream up next year for this incredible event.


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