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John and Jackie LeMay with David Given
(Chef’s Fantasy)


Barbara and Tim Marlowe
(Chef’s Fantasy)

Tim Clepper and Joe Heider
(Chef’s Fantasy)

Cyndi and Bob Troop
(Chef’s Fantasy)


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
“Chef’s Fantasy”




The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honored Shamrock Companies’ CEO Bob Troop at its annual Chef’s Fantasy, the nonprofit’s premier six-course dinner created by nine of Cleveland’s best chefs.
Joe Heider, president of title sponsor Dawson Companies, and Tim Clepper were chairmen of the event at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel where more than 250 guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Loretta Paganini and associates of her International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute and Roger Thomas of Piatto Novo. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and a live auction, conducted by Brooks Ames of Kiko Auctioneers that included Bid for a Cure pledges specifically for research.
NewsChannel 5 Sports Anchor Andy Baskin, a national CF advisory board member whose brother Bruce succumbed four years ago to complications of cystic fibrosis, was emcee of the evening. CF Chapter Executive Director Nate Cross welcomed guests. Chef Donna Chriszt of DISH Deli & Catering was coordinating chef for the dinner, each of its courses introduced by the participating chefs who donated all the food for the event. Accompanying wines were donated by Cline Cellars and Heidelberg Distributors.
Mr. Troop said that three of his aunt’s 12 children died from cystic fibrosis, and he has a 43-year old cousin with the chronic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. He introduced family friend and guest speaker Jennifer McKinnon, who was diagnosed with CF when she was six-weeks old, whose remarks were followed by those of her father Bob Saunders.
At the conclusion of the evening, Mr. Heider said that the event had exceeded the goal of raising $200,000 for cystic fibrosis, a disease, said Mr. Baskin, that “doesn’t need to exist.” STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE


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