Now we’re cookin’; event raises more than $60,000 for ARC Broward

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More than 250 guests joined ARC Broward fac­ulty and stu­dents in mak­ing the first “Del­ish 2012” pre­sented by Thewasie Foun­da­tion a suc­cess­ful culi­nary cel­e­bra­tion, rais­ing more than $60,000 for ARC Broward.

The event took place at the Sunrise Civic Cen­ter Grand Ball­room.

Chaired by Vice Pres­i­dent of Pro­grams for Thewasie Foun­da­tion, Jen Klaassens, and Vice Pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs for Au­tona­tion, Gale But­ler, “Del­ish 2012” show­cased the culi­nary cre­ations pre­pared by stu­dents and grad­u­ates of the ARC Broward Culi­nary In­sti­tute and cel­e­brated the suc­cess of the pro­gram.

Pro­ceeds raised dur­ing the event will sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren and adults with autism, in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and other chal­lenges.

Af­ter be­ing wel­comed into the ball­room by stilt walk­ers, guests sipped La Croix Del­ish Cran-raz­zles (the event’s sig­na­ture cock­tail), and tasted the culi­nary de­lights cre­ated by star chefs, stu­dents and grad­u­ates of the ARC Broward Culi­nary In­sti­tute.

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.

Hon­orees in­cluded: In­di­vid­ual ARC An­gels – Fran and John Flynn; Cor­po­rate ARC An­gel – Bank of Amer­ica; and Culi­nary ARC An­gel – Kyle Mer­rick.

The Culi­nary An­gel is a grad­u­ate of the ARC Broward Culi­nary In­sti­tute who has demon­strated skill while in the pro­gram and is now a culi­nary pro­fes­sional.

Mer­rick worked one of the food sta­tions at the event. Event spon­sors in­cluded: Thewasie Foun­da­tion; Wood Busi­ness Sys­tems; Panache Style; Au­tona­tion; Seitlin; Rick Mur­phy and John Devine; and Doumar Allsworth.

ARC Broward Culi­nary In­sti­tute uses food as a tool to trans­form lives and build stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

The cater­ing pro­gram cre­ates 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.

ARC Broward is a na­tion­ally-ac­cred­ited pri­vate, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing chil­dren and adults with autism, in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and other chal­lenges.

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Pho­tos by Dave De­coteau

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