Iron Chef Cat Cora to raise funds for Blessings in a Backpack - August 10, 2009

Record Number: 5249
Displayed from: Aug 10, 2009 , until: Aug 14, 2009

Iron Chef Cat Cora will visit Fort Wayne Tuesday, Aug. 11, to raise money for the Blessings in a Backpack weekend food program. She will participate in a book signing at Mitchell Books, 6360 W. Jefferson Blvd., from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and later will prepare dinner at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Chef Cora was the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Outside of the kitchen, Chef Cora is the founder and president of Chefs for Humanity, a non-profit organization that raises funds for emergency, educational and hunger-related causes. "Our goal for this fundraiser is to feed 650 children for a full year," said Mike Gouloff, chairman of the board for Blessings in a Backpack. "The need to provide food for children in the Fort Wayne community is greater than most people think, with more than 20,000 children in Fort Wayne Community Schools qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches." Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that provides food to children and families in need. Food is distributed through a network of volunteers and school officials on Fridays before children leave for the weekend. Started in Kentucky in 2005, the Fort Wayne chapter began in Indiana in 2007 with one school and now serves three schools Adams Elementary, Fairfield Elementary and South Wayne Elementary. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Fort Wayne chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. If the fundraiser meets its goal, it will feed one-half of FWCS students currently participating in the program. "We hope to expand Blessings in a Backpack to additional schools this year," Gouloff said. "Ultimately, our goal is to offer a program to feed all the children who need it. To do so, we'll need support from the community." For more information, contact Jan Bultemeier at 424-9080.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.