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Giving back never tasted so good!

Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition is heating up again Monday, November 6, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens

With the generous support of the donors from Taste of Hope 2022, American Cancer Society was able to allocate over $53,000 to the Michigan Cancer Research Fund allowing cancer researchers in our state who are waiting for funding to begin their lifesaving research.  Thank you for your generosity!

Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition is the ultimate experience. Attire is casual elegance. Sponsorships are available. 
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Chef Participation

It is with great honor that we invite you to participate in the second annual Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition, benefiting the American Cancer Society. We are honored to have Shawn Kohlhaas, owner of Culinary Cultivations and President of American Culinary Federation, join us as Culinary Chair.


Interested in becoming a Chef Participant for Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition? For more information, please email Shawn Kohlhaas at

We recognize that this event wouldn’t happen without the talented Chefs, and that is why we have partnered with the American Culinary Federation to help support students seeking a career in the culinary arts.


Students who volunteer for the Taste of Hope event will earn funds for the next generation of up-and-coming chefs. These funds will help provide scholarships to future winners of Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition.  This year's goal is to provide $5,000 in funds.

Executive Leadership Committee

Annette Repasch - Meijer - Event Chair
Shawn Kohlhaas - Culinary Cultivations - Culinary Chair
Lindsey Balcazar - ON-RIVER
Tony Beachler - Farm Bureau Insurance Beachler Agency
Liz Bushong - MSU - College of Human Medicine
Matt Cobb - UnitedHealthcare 

Michael Debri - Huntington Bank
Ken Jansen - Lake Michigan Insurance
Allyn Lebster - True. Women's Health
Karen Oliver-Behee - ON-RIVER
JoAnne Perkins - Cascade Cart Solutions
Andrea Pierret - ACS Volunteer
Liz Powell - ACS Volunteer
Nicole Rodammer - Meals on Wheels
Nicole Walters - ACS Volunteer
Debbie Verbrugge - DornerWorks 
Susan Brogger - American Cancer Society
Ginger Feldman - American Cancer Society

Our event would not be possible without dedicated volunteers giving generously of their time and talent. We’re always in need of additional volunteers. To sign up as a volunteer or learn more about our opportunities, please send us an email.

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