A Recipe for Fighting Childhood Cancer: The Great Chefs Event

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Each year, we brainstorm about how we can improve the event for two worthy causes. The Great Chefs Event has grown from a small-scale local charity event to an inspiring culinary gathering.” – Jeff Benjamin, co-founder of the Vetri Foundation for Children


When celebrity chefs, cooking and charity combine, it’s a beautiful thing. The 9th annual Great Chefs Event benefiting two deserving charities, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children, will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s Corporate Campus at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. This spectacular celebration will showcase over 40 top chefs from throughout the United States and Italy offering an unparalleled dining experience. The event features both live and silent auctions boasting exclusive and premium items. Last year, the event hosted upwards of 1,200 guests and raised nearly $1.1 million!

This year, the after-party will be held at Alla Spina, a Vetri family restaurant. VIP ticketholders and sponsors of the event will have the exclusive opportunity to rub elbows with all of the talented chefs in an intimate setting. The late night after-party shuts down the block and promises live entertainment, music, food, drinks, celebrity guests and a convivial atmosphere. Guests can expect barbecue from Chef Adam Perry Lang, additional bites from Vetri Family chefs, cocktails, and the complete insider industry experience.

Though everyone loves a good party (and this one promises to be epic), supporting initiatives like The Great Chefs Event ensures that worthy charities can continue their missions and improve the lives of children everywhere. General admission and after party access tickets are available here. The event sells out quickly every year, so purchase your tickets early.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


– To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.

– To encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer.

When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand”, held with the help of her older brother Patrick, raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.

In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $75 million. That money has helped to:

– Fund more than 375 cutting-edge research projects

– Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment

– Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer


About the Vetri Foundation for Children


Children who have healthy bodies and healthy minds have the opportunity to create healthy lives for themselves.



The Vetri Foundation for Children was established to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. Through food, education and social interaction, the VFFC works to give children the nutritional foundation they need to grow and thrive.



The VFFC encourages family style dining at home as well as in the school lunchroom. Food is the fuel that feeds our bodies and minds. We believe that it is not only the food but the process by which we eat it that sustains us. This is especially important in underserved communities where healthy, nutritious options are often limited.


The VFFC supports programs that inspire children to learn, excel and be products of their own decisions. Nourishing the mind of a child enables him or her to make informed decisions.


The VFFC equips children to reverse the health trends that threaten their future. When children experience the real connection between healthy eating and healthy living, they make better decisions about their own health, they influence their families, and they become a voice for better choices in their communities.

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About Iris "The Palate Princess" M.

Food writer | Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia, Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self, and On the Line (coming soon)

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