Signature Chef Auction raises $50,000 for the March of Dimes

By on March 2, 2015

chefauctionThe 14th Annual Outer Banks Signature Chef Auction, held Feb. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, raised over $50,000 for the March of Dimes.

Mike Harrington, CEO of Resort Realty and this year’s March of Dimes revenue chairman said, “We had a $50, 000 goal, which was five thousand more than the 2014 goal. I was confident that the community would pull together to support this important organization and the mission it stands for,” he said.

Guests enjoyed samplings from John Romm and the Beachside Bistro; Renee Barritt and The Black Pelican; Todd Bryant and Buddah’licious; Shaun Belangia and The Great American Grille at the Hilton; Mike Dianna and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room; Donny King and Ocean Boulevard; Wes Stepp and Red Sky Café; Alfredo Landazuri and Monte Weber from Stripers Bar and Grille; and Amanda and Randolph Sprinkle from The Saltbox Cafe.



Chez Says delivered an upbeat tempo, while guests mingled and bid on an array of fabulous live and silent auction items throughout the night.

Judges Richard Bruce, Carl Curnutte, Sheila Davies, Amanda McDanel and Allyson Sproul had the pleasure of tasting and judging full-size dinner portions from each of the featured chefs.

Awards went to Wes Stepp for People’s Choice and Dish of the Outer Banks; Renee Barritt for Best Dessert and Chefs Choice; Alfredo Landazuri for Best Decorated Booth (for the theme “The Purple Party”); and Amanda and Randolph Sprinkle won in the category of Outstanding Presentation.

The Daniels Family from Wanchese was one of this year’s Ambassador Families. They spoke to the guests about their personal connection to the mission of the March of Dimes, citing their 7-year-old daughter Madison’s battle with cancer as a reminder that cancer is one of the many diseases under the March of Dimes umbrella.


They were also when their now 8-year-old son Mason was born prematurely, just months after his cousin, Ivy Gray (Ambassador Emeritus) was also born 16 weeks early.

Other local Ambassador Families also spoke. The Melvins spoke about infant mortality and the Brown Family spoke about the worries of all parents and the positive steps the March of Dimes has made to help women have healthy pregnancies.

“There are so many families who are closely linked to the March of Dimes in our community. Our Ambassador families truly represent the myriad of hope the March of Dimes provides,” said Stephanie Baker, March of Dimes Community Director.


The money raised at the Outer Banks Signature Chefs Auction goes toward research, grants, education, and advocacy programs.

This record-breaking event for the March of Dimes in the Outer Banks was made possible by the generous support of the public and Presenting Sponsors: The Outer Banks Hospital, Resort Realty, Surf Pediatrics and Medicine, and Sysco; The Gold Sponsor was Wells Fargo. Outer Banks Blue, Red Sky Travel Insurance and Towne Bank and Sun Realty also supported this event. Special thanks also goes out to all the local businesses who contributed to its success with donations and to The Outer Banks Birth Network, Outer Banks Mommy and Me, Inc. and the Culinary Students and students from FFHS who volunteered their time at this event.

If you would like more information on how you can become involved with the March of Dimes locally, please contact Stephanie Baker at


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