LMWC Online Tip Jars  

Now Open!!!

Grant County's Leading Men compete for the title Champion Chef as they prepare some of their favorite dishes and compete for your tips! Each chef will raise tips (donations) from guests to benefit the nonprofit of their choice. In 2018, tip monies earned by chefs totaled nearly $20,000 for 30 local charities. Tip your chef online today!

LMWC Event SPONSOR Opportunities

Looking to sponsor the 2019 Leading Men Who Cook event? Click the button below to find more info about available sponsorship opportunities. We cannot thank you enough for supporting this event and the many local charitable causes that will benefit from its efforts. 

2019 Chef Registration

Welcome to the 2019 Chef Registration page! 

Here you will tell us about the chef category you will compete in and the local charity benefiting from your tip jar. Please choose one of the many local charities serving the needs and opportunities of Grant County, Indiana.

As always, if you do not have a preference, please consider LEAD Inc as your charity of choice. 

2019 LMWC Event Tickets

Sample dishes prepared by local leading men. The evening will include a cash bar, raffle and auction items. Bring cash or credit to "tip" your favorite chef. The Champion Chef award will be presented to the chef who collects the most tips for his charity of choice. 

Leadership Grant County

Register online today! Join a long list of local leaders to graduate from this premier community program since 1982. 

Class registration fee is $350. Payment can be sent to LEAD Inc. (407 E. Main Street, PO Box 411, Gas City, Indiana 46933) or brought to the first class. 

About Lead Inc.

We believe, “In every person is a LEADER waiting to be developed.”

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD Inc.) exists to develop and train leaders in Grant County.

With three universities, a community full of talented and caring citizens, strong business and manufacturing partnerships, and a rich heritage of leadership, LEAD Inc. is developing the next generation of leaders, to preserve a strong and healthy community. To do this, we utilize the following programs: 

  • Leadership Grant County: An adult community leadership program that has graduated emerging leaders and volunteers for more than thirty years.
  • Y.E.S. Network: Youth Empowered to Serve. An impactful three-year program with a unique curriculum for 8th, 9th and 10th graders to root them in self leadership, team leadership and community leadership.
  • Thompson-Ray House: Our historic home for local leadership. It houses our leadership programs and is available for business meetings, community events and family gatherings.


Jerry Long

LEAD Inc. Board Chairman

Thompson-Ray House Manager

Tim Harris

Past Chairman

NFIB and Leadership Consultant

Leadership Grant County Facilitator

Mindy Ballinger

Vice President

Walnut Creek Golf Courses

Greg Maynard


Carey Services

Dianne Harris



Leading Men Who Cook Event Coordinator

Patti Edwards

Board Member Emeritus

Olynger Corp.

Michael Dominisse

Board Member

General Motors

Shelly Jones

Board Member

Community Foundation of Grant County

Karen Madry

Board Member

Afena Federal Credit Union

CJ McAbee-Reher

Board Member

RELI Group, Inc contracted to High Point Global

Tamara Murphy

Board Member

Indiana Wesleyan University

Jennifer Stallsmith

Board Member

Afena Federal Credit Union

Jim Widner

Board Member

Retired Newspaper and Bank Executive

Lezlie Winter

Board Member

Mississinewa School Corporation

YES! Network Board Liaison

Alicia Morrell

YES! Network Program Coordinator

Indiana Wesleyan University Upward Bound Program

Carol Sector

YES! Network Advisory Committee

Dr. Jim Laub

YES! Network Curriculum Author

MacArthur School of Leadership

formerly of Indiana Wesleyan University

Paula Schultz  

Leading Men Who Cook Social Media Coordinator

Grant County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Linda Smith

LEAD Inc. Administrative Assistant