Men Who Cook fund-raiser is the Valley at its best

To the Editor:

For the past six years, TEAM Inc. had the honor of hosting the Valley-wide event, Men Who Cook. For one night in April, hundreds of residents, businesses and community groups joined together for a festive and casual evening of food and celebration.

The night would not be possible without recognizing the hard work of the volunteer chefs, community volunteers, TEAM staff and all who gather together for the evening.

We would like to honor and recognize the individuals who contributed countless hours to the success of Men Who Cook. The co-chairs: David Grant, Charles Sullivan and Jeff Westine; all the “men” who cooked; our sponsors, especially the event marquee sponsors, Naugatuck Savings Bank and the Bassett family; the media who helped promote the fund-raiser; and emcee Chaz from “Chaz and AJ in the Morning” on WPLR.

We’d also like to recognize the time and talent provided by the following community volunteers: Joyce Barcley, Adrienne Cabral, Rita Crana, Carol DellaRocco, Dick Feher, Joan Kayser, Ernestine “Ernie” Luise, Fred Ortoli and Carol Pendagast.

Our gratitude to the a who secured silent auction items: Pat Connelly, Patricia DaPaul, Pam Eckhaudt, Denin Hunter, Joy Kulmann, Sharon Maler, Linda Malkin, Monica NiKolbibaj and Barbara Osterhoudt.

A special thanks to TEAM’s staff and Patricia Tarasovic and the United Way Youth Leadership Program, a wonderful and energetic group of teens who assisted
during the event.

TEAM is blessed to be in the Valley and have the caring help of everyone in the community. We say “thank  you.” It is our privilege to work with you in 2013 and into the future.

All proceeds from Men Who Cook directly benefit the programs run by TEAM.

Richard J. Knoll

Stephane Skibo

Diane Stroman

Team Inc.

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