Over $69,000 raised at Marshfield Iron Chef Competition
By Julie Cravillion
Shirley’s House of Hope Executive Director
MARSHFIELD — The eighth annual Marshfield Iron Chef Competition/silent and live auction, “Building Hope through Building Lives,” held Nov. 1 at RiverEdge Golf Course, raised over $69,000 to provide for women and children hurting from domestic violence at Shirley’s House of Hope.
Contest judges Al Chaney, Joellen Heiman, and Rep. Bob Kulp had difficult decisions to make sampling each of the entrees prepared with the secret ingredient: red snapper.
The evening began with a silent auction and appetizer contest between the chefs. Each guest sampled the appetizers and voted for the best one. While an award-winning meal was served, the chefs were given their secret ingredient and 30 minutes to prepare an entree for the judges.
Women who have graduated from the program at Shirley’s gave testimonies, and donations were made to fund the organization’s needs. Then the following awards were presented:
—Chef Mauvice Murphy from C & M Crossroads won the Most Creative Award.
—Chef Todd Liebergen from Holiday Inn won the Showmanship Award and the People’s Choice Award.
—Chef Wally Walberg from Libby McNeill’s won the Best Flavor Award.
—Chef Ron Weis from The Vintage House won the Best Presentation Award.
Shirley’s House of Hope is a faith-based domestic violence shelter for women and children hurting in the Marshfield community. A six-month healing program and emergency shelter services are provided. In the past six years, over 320 women and children have been served.
Shirley’s House of Hope receives no government funding and is supported by individuals, businesses, and organizations in the area. To learn more about Shirley’s House of Hope, visit ShirleysHouseOfHope.org.