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Big Brothers Big Sisters raising awareness at Great Chefs 2010

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Hundreds of people converged in the Holiday Inn’s convention center at 300 J St. Saturday night for Great Chefs 2010. Restaurants, wineries and breweries came together with area residents to eat, drink and donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area.

BBBS is a non-profit organization dedicated to matching adults — “Bigs” — with young people — “Littles” — ages six to 18 to build lasting relationships and help youth achieve their personal and professional goals. They have chapters in communities all over the country.

There was a silent auction where attendees bid on a two-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento with $50 to Bandera Restaurant and $100 to Yellow Cab, an hors d’oeuvres party for 10 at Enotria Restaurant and many other prizes.

There were $20 balloons people could purchase, which included a prize inside of at least a $25 value. One woman popped her balloon and found a voucher for a one-hour massage — a $60 value.

Rhonda Staley-Brooks, CEO of BBBS in this region, was pleased with the event. Raising awareness was a chief objective for the night, and she said that her organization is in need of more males to volunteer as a Big Brother. They have 75 young males who need volunteers, and a part of the event was to spread awareness of that need.

"Attendance is a little light this year, but the people are having a fabulous time," she said. "The vendors are fabulous and a lot of these people I see year after year."

Terri Wilson is a current board member for BBBS. She was attending and was pleased with the turnout.

"It’s one of our events where we just want people to get to know who we are and have a good time," she said. "It’s not a huge charity event where we’re looking to raise a lot of money but more importantly raise awareness."

Jimmy Valoria works for BBBS, and one of his duties is to get more male volunteers.

"Some of our boys, unfortunately, will have to wait up to a year for a volunteer (to become available)," he said. "We just need as many men that are willing."

L. Be Soul catering company from Rocklin served a chicken gumbo and pulled pork over rice. Chef Derice Taylor was there with his father serving their dishes.

"(Staley-Brooks) was the one who hooked me up with my Big Brother,” he said. “So now we just do all the catering for events like this one for free."

Hoppy Brewing Company brought four of their own beers: Liquid Sunshine blonde ale, Hoppy Face amber ale, Stoney Face red ale and Total Eclipse black ale. Marketing director Scott Patterson has a history of working with BBBS.

"I believe people came for the food, but they don’t mind the wine and beer to go along with it," he joked. "On top of that, you can tell it’s a charitable group."

River City Brewing Company served potato boats stuffed with a spinach and artichoke cream cheese with their Kolsch and Vienna beers. Catering manager Devan Adair has volunteered as a Big Sister before and was happy to participate.

"It’s a great way to meet potential guests, it’s a great way to network, it’s a great way to just get involved in the community," she said.

There were also many wineries pouring. Guests could sample the Barbera from Perry Creek or a zinfandel and chardonnay from Ravenswood Winery.

Paul Giro is a 30-year-old student and bartender who lives downtown. He came with a friend who saw a flier for the event in her gym.

"I really like it," he said. "To just get a little taste of everything is very cool, instead of sticking with the same beers that I would have been buying."

His date for the night, Nicole Duggan, was enjoying herself but was hoping for more wine and food pairing.

"It’s still nice," she said. "When I found out (the event) was for charity I was more excited."

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