Men Who Cook fund-raising event Saturday to help out local causes

Attendees get to sample many different kinds of cuisine at the annual fund-raising event.
Attendees get to sample many different kinds of cuisine at the annual fund-raising event.

Men from Shelton and elsewhere in the Lower Naugatuck Valley will put on their aprons for the annual Men Who Cook fund-raising event for TEAM Inc.

On April 26 from 6-11 p.m., there will be more than 60 Valley men cooking for a cause —everything from shrimp and grits to porketta and chicken pot pie. (See a list of the cooks at the end of this article.)

Men Who Cook will be at Warsaw Park in Ansonia, and tickets are $55 per person, which includes food, beer/wine and soft drinks; bid at the silent auction and dance. The marquee sponsor for Men Who Cook is Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan and the Bassett Family Fund.

Chairmen for this event are Charles Sullivan, David Grant and Jeff Westine. Special MC for the event is Chaz of Chaz and AJ in the morning on 99.1 WPLR.

How to buy tickets

To sponsor Men Who Cook or donate an auction item, call Trish Wigglesworth at 203-736-5420, ext 221. To purchase tickets, you can call Wiggelsworth, or visit to purchase online.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the programs provided by TEAM Inc. serving the needs of individuals and families living in Shelton and elsewhere in the Valley.

Who will be cooking

The chefs who’ll wear the Men Who Cook aprons are:

Kevin Atterbury

Pastor Edward Barnes

Jack Betkoski

David Blackwell

Juan Bonilla

Ryan Boos

Harry Burlakoff

Bill Calderara

Michael Caleca

Patrick Carey

Chief Mike Chaffee

Patrick Charmel

John Coscia

Jim Cotter

Jack Cowell

State Sen. Joe Crisco

Dexter Davis

Dr. Steve DiBenedetto

Dr. Jay Dworkin

Brian Fonck

Roger Giori

Bruce Goldson

Terri Goldson

David Grant

Chris Hill

Dave Hill

Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman

Craig Jones

David Jones

State Sen. Kevin Kelly

Mike Kieley

Tim Kieley

Richard Knoll

Kevin Lantowsky

Pete Larsen

Dan L’Atrella

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti

Robert McColl

David McNamera

Sherrod McNeill

Jeff Merrill

John Mihalko

Bill Miller

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller

James Mills

Michael Mills

Dave Monahan

Nelson Morales

David Morgan

Rick Moore

Bill Nimons

Brian O’Connor

Chris O’Connor

Jack O’Donnell

Tim Oppel

Win Oppel

Fred Ortoli

Joe Pagliaro Jr.

Richard Persico

John Petrillo

Jorge Pezo-Candelario

Rick Ponce DeLeon

Dave Rabinove

John Rollinson

Joshua Rosado

Chris Sansone

Chris Setaro

Anthony Simonetti

Kevin Spooner

Thomas Steeves

Dr. Ira Stein

Charlie Sullivan

Dominick Thomas

Ben Trabka

Robert VanEgghen

Hector Velez

Ken Weinstein

John Yeager

John Zaprzalka

Tom Zaprzalka