Philanthropic Fun: Serving a Healthier Future


March of Dimes presented its annual “Signature Chefs Auction” on October 4, 2019 at the Omni Royal, which raises awareness and funds to advance scientific research and educational programs for the health of all moms and babies.

John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, served as Event Chair. Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Bridget DiFranco and daughter Emma-Kate were this year’s Ambassador Family. The DiFrancos experienced the loss of Jack, Emma-Kate’s twin who passed. Their daughter Emma-Kate survived and spent 129 days in the NICU. They began supporting March of Dimes as a way to remember Jack and to help prevent other families from feeling their pain.

Showcasing top culinary talent, eight chefs prepared signature dishes for the event. The lineup included Lead Chef Tom Wolfe from The Rib Room, chef Jon Bel from Meauxbar, chef Brack May from Cowbell, chef Bradley McGehee from Blue Line Sandwich Co., chef Bill Prat from Apolline, chef Mark Quitney from Metairie Country Club, chef Gregory Rosary from Arnaud’s and chef David Whitmore from Jack Rose.

DJ Ann Glaviano performed. The highlight of 10 live auction packages included a chartered fishing trip with NBA star Lance Thomas and private chef Bradley McGehee. An additional 20 silent auction items featured a package with a suit from Jos. A Bank’s, a Galatoire’s gift card, sunglasses from Krewe, a gift card to Clarets Wine Bar and a five-class package to Romney Studios. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting The March of Dimes

When: Friday, October 4, 2019

Where: Omni Royal New Orleans

Philanthropic Fun: Serving a Healthier Future

Brooks and Mallory Kiser with Morell and Sharon Crane

Philanthropic Fun: Serving a Healthier Future

Kelly and Robert Grace with Melissa Fuselier


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