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100 Men Who Cook- A Unique Fundraiser

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100 Men Who Cook

Imagine over 600 guests gathered together at the WMU Bernhard Center's ballroom for a unique culinary fundraiser, '100 Men Who Cook' hosted by Old National Bank (ONB).

On Saturday August 12th from 6-10 p.m. there will be 100 chef stations positioned around the perimeter of the ballroom, all manned by local men who are centers of influence in our community. These leaders include: Tim Terrentine Sr., Western Michigan's VP of Development and Alumni Relations, Jon Hoadley, Michigan State Representative, Bob Ezelle, retired Director of Boys & Girls Clubs, Jeff Cole, President of Cole Gavlas, PC, Bob Borsos of Kreis Enderle, and Von Washington, Executive Director of Community Relations for The Kalamazoo Promise, along with dozens more. All will be serving their favorite dish and earning tips (donations) from guests. Cocktails will be served, along with a silent auction, all to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kalamazoo. Doesn't this sound like a great time?

The Bernhard Center at WMU is providing tremendous support for this event - supplying EVERYTHING needed for the chefs to serve their dishes. All proceeds from '100 Men Who Cook' evening will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo who has provided service in the community for 60 years. Their mission is to assure and enhance the quality of life for Kalamazoo youth through education, mentoring, arts programs, and recreational activities.

'100 Men Who Cook' is a signature fundraising event for Old National Bank and this year they are hosting it for the first time in Michigan. The event relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of ONB associates - and the collaborative spirit of local communities - for its great success. At ONB, each associate is given 24 paid hours, per year to volunteer for any nonprofit they'd like to participate with. Local banking center managers also serve on at least one nonprofit board; locally they include the boards of Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the American Red Cross.

ONB has now hosted 44 of these events throughout their footprint, raising nearly $4 million for more than 30 charities, even winning a 2016 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association. ONB typically hosts 100 Men Who Cook in every community they do business in and look forward to presenting it in Kalamazoo every two years, possibly with a different nonprofit beneficiary being chosen.

In just four short years of being in Michigan the bank has been generous with their associates' time and talent. Since 2013, ONB has financially supported over 75 nonprofit organizations, reinvested over $500,000 and shared 5,000 volunteer hours between grant funding, sponsorships, volunteerism and in-kind donations. The Old National Bank Foundation has also granted over $10 million in the past 10 years to nonprofits including many here in Kalamazoo.

Old National Bank is deeply committed to Southwest Michigan. Throughout their 180- year history the banks focus has been on strengthening the communities they serve through corporate sponsorships and foundation grant awards. This commitment to charitable giving serves as the cornerstone of their identity and helps define their mission as a community bank.

So consider having a great time with your friends and family at this inaugural event, all while supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kalamazoo. To attend, sponsor, volunteer, or become a chef for the event, visit the website: www.100menkalamazoo.org, or contact Joe Kiser directly at 269-567-7317 and/or email. Tickets are $100/Individual or $750 for a table of 8.

Check out all the celebrity chef's to date at: www.100menkalamazoo.org/chefs and consider making a donation.

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