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Imagine over 200 guests gathered together at the Roseburg Event Center for a unique culinary fundraiser, 'Leading Men Who Cook' hosted by LEAD Inc. (Leadership Education and Development). Grant County's Leading Men compete for the title Champion Chef as they prepare some of their favorite dishes for you. Tip jars at each food station are donated to the chef's favorite local charity. 

On Saturday, November 3rd from 6-9 p.m. there will be 30 chef stations positioned around the perimeter of the event center, all manned by local men who are centers of influence in our community. All will be serving their favorite dish and earning tips (donations) from guests. Tip monies will benefit the nonprofit of their choice. Cocktails will be available along with raffle and auction items, all to raise money for LEAD Inc. and other local nonprofits. Through this event, LEAD Inc. has brought together leaders from all walks of the community to celebrate their passion for making a difference and helping to showcase their favorite charity. Doesn't this sound like a great time? 

Last year, guests also had the chance to bid on their favorite chefs to prepare a meal for them and seven of their friends at a later time. 

'Leading Men Who Cook' is a signature fundraising event for LEAD Inc. This will be the fifth year for the event. LEAD Inc. relies heavily on the volunteer efforts - and the collaborative spirit of these leading men - for its great success. Volunteers include the tip counting team, auction donors, and professional chefs who judge each dish and decide the best appetizer, side dish, entrée, and dessert. 

Tip monies earned by chefs raised more than $20,000 for 30 local charities in 2017. Local nonprofits are encouraged to provide a member of their board or staff to serve as a chef and collect tips for their organization. 

Jason Ford won last year’s Champion Chef title with his famous Mini Cheesy BLT Baked Potato Appetizer. Isaac Horner won the Champion Chef title in 2015 and 2016! Charlie Wallace won the title in 2014, the inaugural year for Leading Men Who Cook. 

“We are so excited to use LEAD Inc's premier annual event to not only support our leadership programs but also to benefit local charities who do so much to make our community better. Plus, the food is incredible! I know that I’m going to be there again on November 3rd competing for a Leading Men Who Cook award,” said returning chef, founding board member, and Leadership Grant County facilitator, Tim Harris. 

LEAD Inc. believes, "In every person is a leader waiting to be developed." 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 leadership, to preserve a strong and healthy community.

Lead, Inc. implements its teaching by conducting the Leadership Grant County program and YES Network. The organization also owns and operates the Thompson-Ray House in Gas City, not only using the facility as a venue for leadership development initiatives but also making it available to the public for various activities. 

So, consider having a great time with your friends and family at this event, all while supporting LEAD Inc. and other local nonprofits. To attend, sponsor, volunteer, or become a chef for the event, visit the website:, or contact LEAD Inc. directly at 765-251-8732 and/or email event coordinator or any LEAD Inc. Board Member. 

Individual tickets are $25. Sponsorships range from $500-$3,000. Become a Chef de Partie ($500), Sous Chef ($1,000), Head Chef ($2,500), or Executive Chef ($3,000) sponsor and receive a table of 8, recognition in all promotional material, complimentary beverages and prize tickets for each guest as well as one-time complimentary use of the Thompson-Ray House ($200 value). Depending upon the sponsorship level, complimentary class registrations to Leadership Grant County ($350 value) and a scholarship presented in your name to a YES! Network graduate ($500 value) are also included. Sponsorship details can be found on the website or by calling LEAD Inc. 

For more information, please visit and consider giving a donation or sponsoring the event.