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LRMC Foundation Presents “Cookin’ Men”

Thursday, February 16 2012

More than 60 celebrity chefs are warming up their ovens and sharpening their knives for the fourth annual Cookin’ Men fundraiser. The event will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Lakeland Center.

The chefs, who are business and civic community leaders – when not in the kitchen – will cook up an array of culinary treats, all to benefit the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Giving Society.

“We are so excited to host our fourth annual Cookin’ Men event! The response over the last three years was so incredible that we had to move to a larger space and add even more chefs this year,” said Paula Higgins, director of philanthropy for the LRMC Foundation. “This should be another great event for our community, and we are looking forward to seeing what our chefs cook up.”

The purpose of Women in Philanthropy is to inspire and empower women to fulfill their philanthropic potential by improving the quality of health care for women of all ages in the community. “Women in Philanthropy, now more than 250 members strong, gives women the opportunity to be involved and make a difference in our community,” Higgins said. “In just five years, WIP has granted more than $259,000 in funding to improve healthcare for women and children in Lakeland and Polk County.”

Admission to Cookin’ Men is $50 per person and includes food samples from each chef, one drink ticket and parking. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit or call Paula Higgins at the Foundation office at 863-687-1296.

The chefs for Cookin’ Men 2012 are:

Todd Baylis, Qgiv; Vasco Bonini, MD, Watson Clinic; Todd Brown, Masco; Brad Burton, Community Volunteer; Matthew Cantrall, Signs & Specialties, Inc.; David M. Cardman, DMD, Cardman & Cardman; Todd Christian, Keller Williams Realty; Jeff Clyne, Mosaic; Kyle Clyne, Mosaic; Casey Compton, Compton, Kane & Associates, Private Wealth Consulting; Gene Conrad, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport; Brad Crenshaw, Publix Super Markets; Rooster Curry, Curry Controls Co.; Luis E. DeLeon, QMBS, LLC; Keith DeLoach, PFG Financial Advisors Network; Carl Dockery, Alpha Advisors/Alpha Venture Capital; Rick Duque, MD, Lakeland Pathologists; Russ Dyer, Sun Trust Investment Services, Inc.; Art Fulmer, Jr., Fulmer and Fulmer, P.A.; Michael Furr, Furr and Wegman Architects, PA; Dan Gargas, City of Lakeland Building Inspection Division; Ed Goodemote, Radiology and Imaging Specialists; Bob Halpin, Texchine, Inc.; Tim Harris, School Board of Polk County; Ron Henkleman, Henkleman Construction, Inc.; Justin M. Hollis, Florida Department of Agriculture; Reggie Holt, Farm Credit; Mike Houghton, Palmetto Capital Group; Bo Jackson, DVM, Animal Medical Clinic; Don Johnson, ARNP, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group; Eric Jonsson, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.; Chris Kelly, Peak Fitness; Jeff Kincart, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.; Rob Kincart, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.; Calvin Knight, Ledger Media Group; Brian Knowles, Publix Super Markets; Jared Kremer, Coastal Wine & Spirits; Mike LaPan, The Lakeland Center; Ed Lunz, Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects; Brad Lunz, Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects; Rick Mariucci, FHS; Shawn McDonough, Exit Realty; Rep. Seth McKeel, Florida House of Representatives District 63; Daniel Medina, Medina Law Group, P.A.; Seth Mela, “Mayhem in the AM”-WLKF 1430 AM; Steve Moore, Hillcrest Partners LP; Paul Noris, Bank of Central Florida; Houghton Parry, Parry’s Landscaping; Bill Parry, Parry’s Landscaping; Cory Petcoff, Baron Realty, Inc.; Bill Pou, Badcock Home Furniture & More; Bob Puterbaugh, Peterson & Myers, P.A; J. Scott Reed, Pilka & Associates, P.A.; Michael Riskin, CPA/PFS, CPS Investment Advisors; David Robinson, DSM Technology Consultants; Ken Ross, Polk State College; Trent Rowe, Restaurant Consultant, Freelance Food Writer; Brockman Self, Redline Solution, LLC; Sam Sheets, Samuel G. Sheets and Associates, PA; Michael Spake, Lakeland Regional Medical Center; Donovan Tinsley, tmr; Bill Tinsley, City of Lakeland; Sozon C. Vatikiotis, Alltrust Insurance; Commissioner Phillip Walker, Phillip Walker Allstate Insurance Agency/Lakeland City Commission; J.J. Weeks, Avon Leasing, Inc.; Jim Weeks, Avon Leasing, Inc.; Jared Weggeland, Southern Homes of Polk County; Matt Werd, DPM, Foot and Ankle Associates; Bobby Yates, Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine.

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