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Childhelp Hosts 10th Annual Legendary Virtual Cookoff Event “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook”
By Cindy Dempski - Tuesday Jun 15, 2021
Get ready for laughs, fun and a whole ‘lotta food! Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim, former Arizona Diamondbacks coach Mike Butcher, WWE star Mickie James, and James Beard Nominee and Food Network competitor Chef Stephen Jones are among an impressive list of athletes, celebrities and professional chefs teaming up to raise money for Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children.

Brought to you by the Childhelp Phoenix and Flagstaff Chapters, “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook” began as an in-person event in 2011 starring some of Arizona’s most recognizable male personalities and has since evolved into an event that showcases the hidden culinary talents of men, women and children from all over the country. The event will celebrate its 10th anniversary virtually this year with a month-long affair designed to bring food and community together to raise money and awareness for children in need. Videos displayed on each “celebrity chef’s” page combine at home cooking demos with a little bit of levity and a lot of love for Childhelp. Open to all individuals in the community, anyone can sign up to become a “celebrity chef” by registering for their own fundraising page.

During the past year, the effects of COVID-19 have led to a rise in child abuse cases across the nation, resulting in a historic demand for the Childhelp hotline, most notably via text and chat. In fact, a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics showed a 13.75% increase in the total number of Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline inquiries in 2020 compared to 2019.

“It may take us many years to sort out the true effects of the pandemic on our children,” says Childhelp Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman Sara O’Meara sad. “But our mission is to enhance the success of our communities by promoting programs, services and policies that seek to support the lives of these children and families. Whether it’s abuse, neglect or at-risk communities, the funds generated through events and fundraisers like this will help weather the storm by serving our youth in need.”

Other local celebrities volunteering their secret recipes, time and talent for this vibrant event include Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, Childhelp founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Aunt Chilada’s chef and owner Tiffany Allison and many more! Each chef will be looking to beat last year’s reigning champions Mike Butcher and Steve Keim, who have their sights set on another fundraising victory for Childhelp.

The culinary showdown runs through June 30, 2021, and is chaired by Stacey Weber, president of the Childhelp Phoenix Chapter and Jill Babb, president of the Childhelp Flagstaff Chapter. To check out each chef’s progress and donate to their campaign, visit http://www.childhelp.org/25men.