Maureen Mader, left, organizers of the Battle of the Chefs fundraiser, gets a hug from Evisha Ford, founder and executive director of the iCanDream Center, which benefits from proceeds of the event. (Provided photo by Marcellus Marsh/Bionic Content)
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2nd annual Battle of the Chefs tops first year

Maureen Mader was quite satisfied with the second annual Battle of the Chefs event hosted by her deli, Dunning’s Market in downtown Flossmoor, on July 16. Just about every aspect of the event exceeded her hopes.

"Everything ran smoothly. The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. The band was amazing. We sold 190 tickets but we ended up with almost 240 people at the event," she said. "I exceeded my personal goal of raising $40,000. I think we raised about $46,000 between our generous sponsors ticket sales and all of that donations, so . . .

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