The Chefs for Habitat 2013 - A Great Success!



Chefs for Habitat ’13 was our best event ever!  Not only did we raise more than $45,000 towards building a home for Habitat’s newest family partners, Wayne and Susie Zickafoose and their 20 year old grandson, Kevin but we hosted a fabulous party.  Eleven chefs prepared samplings of their signature dishes; sixteen celebrity waiters maneuvered through an architect-designed obstacle course holding a tray with a glass of wine.  Jazz vocalist Suzette Pritchett serenaded guests as they sampled the chefs’ best offerings.  Guests bid on auction prizes that included an African photo safari, fabulous dinners, parties, art and services for the home.  The 4th annual Chefs for Habitat party was a spectacular success. 

Cocktail hour began at 5:30 pm with complimentary champagne and appetizers provided by David Easton of Jade, Inc, Sushi DeKanpai and fabulous crab dip by Roadie Joe’s.  The Celebrity Waiters Race began at 6:30 with sixteen community leaders making their way through Architect Eric Cattelier of Becker Morgan’s spectacular obstacle course.  Ernie Colburn, President of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, make it through without spilling the wine and was our winner.  Rev Benita Harris of Asbury United Methodist Church was voted favorite waiter and raised $1,375.  John Robinson of Robinson’s Family of Business was last year’s favorite and this year came in second, raising $1,311. A big thank you to all the Celebrity Waiters, they raised over $10,000 for Habitat!

Our Celebrity Waiters included: David Caldwell of WMDT who also served as our master of ceremonies; Jacob Day, President of the Salisbury City Council; Brad Gillis, Senior Advisor for Sperry Van Ness; Dr. Chris Huddleston, a member of the Board of Directors of PRMC and an internal medicine physician;  Dr. Walter Lischick, a recently retired surgeon; Jane Ellen Mengason, a local philanthropist and pillar of the community; Chere Petty, a cellular biologist and manager of UMBC’s Imaging Facility Kimberly Roemer, A CPA at Granger and Co., Dan Satterfield, meteorologist and weatherman at WBOC, Kristin Smith, attorney with Otway, Russo and Rommel, Dr. William Talley, a Professor at UMES, Ed Townsend, a Senior Vice President at BB&T and Joan Wharton, community leader and owner of Sound Advice Audio Specialists.


After the Waiters Race, guests proceeded to the ballroom where they sampled luscious offering from Gerry Patt of Chef on a Roll (Veal Scaloppini), Tommy Cooper of Fager’s Island (Marinated Shrimp With Grilled Watermelon with Raspberry Pineapple Sauce), Nate Bowden from the Irish Penny Pub and Grill (Shepherd’s Pie), Adam Sanders from Jules (Ahi Tuna Caesar), Juan Flores from Cactus Taverna  (Beef Medallions with Chimichurri Sauce) and Arturo Suavo from SoBo’s Wine Beerstro (Risotto).  Black Diamond provided a carving station of  their delicious roast beef paired with pasta salad.


Dessert followed in the foyer with offerings of mini cupcakes from pastry chef Susan Patt of Cake Art, assorted pies, including chocolate peanut butter and chocolate meringue from Tina Padilla of Taylor’s BBQ and frozen yogurt cakes from TCBY.


The live and silent auction focused on two themes: “There is no Place Like Home” which celebrated everything that makes our homes special, from landscaping and art to décor and “The Great Escape” which offered everything from enticing dinners and parties to great getaways.  A special focus of the auction was a South African photo Safari at a private Zulu Nyala Game Reserve,  which sold twice!


Special thanks to our sponsors whose donations help underwrite the cost of the event:  Our Presenting Sponsor, the Delmarva Media Group.  Our Gold Sponsors: Delmarva Collections, M&T Bank, Dr. Greg and Kathleen Thompson, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Our Silver Sponsors: The Bank of Delmarva, Baxter Enterprises-McDonald’s, BB&T, Robert and Diane Heron, Dan and Joan Mulvanny, Strategic Wealth Management, Sysco Eastern Maryland, WBOC.  Our Bronze Sponsors: AWB Engineers, Coastal Title and Escrow, Cockey, Brennan & Maloney, PC, Comcast Spotlight, Embrace Home Loans, Greg and Patsy Felthousen, Fisher Architecture, Tom and Linda Jones, Tabatha Milligan, Salisbury University Foundation.  A special thanks you to our Décor Sponsors, City Florist and Fisher Architecture.  Special thanks to Barb’s Hallmark who sponsored the Waiter’s Race.


Most important, the event raised money for Habitat’s newest family partners, Wayne and Susie Zickafoose and their 20 year old grandson, Kevin.  The Zickafooses, who have been married for 44 years, want to move to Salisbury to be nearer to the services at PRMC and to access help for their grandson who has learning disabilities.  The Zickafooses are busy completing their 300 hours of sweat equity and saving $1,800 towards closing costs.  When the house is finished, they will assume a 30 year, no interest mortgage from Habitat.  The money Habitat raises in mortgages is invested in building home for new habitat family partners. 


“Our Chefs event succeeds because of the tremendous support we receive from our community,” notes Joan Mulvanny, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity. A special thanks to our committee whose hard work and creativity made Chefs ’13 such a fabulous party.   Kudos to Diane Heron, Chair, and her committee: Diana Phillips Badros, Pam Brodine, Cynthia Disharooon, Ginger Donovan, Annette Huddleston, William Hyle, Linda Jones, Margo Kushner, Meredith Kushner, Lisa Larger, Tabitha Milligan, Alan Merritt, Nancy Rubenson, Debi Rus, Sonya Whited, and Mary Willis.


Thank you to all of you who voted, attended the event, and who made donations of auction prizes!


Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13th in 2014!


“It is with the generous and loyal support of our community that Habitat can make the dream of homeownership come true for many families in Wicomico County,” Joan explained. 


A Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people of all faiths to make ownership of decent, affordable homes a matter of conscience and action.  Since its beginning in 1987, Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County has built and sold 59 homes to deserving, qualifying families in the county.