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Top chefs raise money for local organization

DEL MAR — Hundreds of supporters gathered poolside April 18 at the Hilton Del Mar to raise money for Casa de Amparo. The 14th annual Meet the Chefs of Del Mar event brought together 19 local masters of cuisine from 17 restaurants to share their unique epicurean delights with the crowd.
The signatures dishes were paired with wines from Young’s Market Company. “It’s a great opportunity to sample all of the wonderful food and wine offerings while helping a good cause,” said Cheryl Sevilla who attended the event with several co-workers.
Many of the guests were longtime supporters of Casa de Amparo. For more than 32 years, the nonprofit has been a major force in preventing child abuse and assisting victims.
Pamplemousse Grille chef and owner Jeffrey Strauss said he looked forward to participating in the event for the 14th straight year. “I have a huge spot in my heart for the children helped by Casa de Amparo as well as the organization itself,” he said. “This event brings local chefs together with the community and raises much needed funds for children who’ve been abused.”
Jade Cole, international supermodel and finalist in “America’s Next Top Model” on season six, was on hand to assist with the live auction. The controversial contestant said she heard about the organization through family and friends. “I was touched by their vision of ending child abuse and decided to become a volunteer,” she said.
Proceeds from the event directly support Casa de Amparo’s five integrated programs including Hayward Child Development Center, a therapeutic childcare and preschool; Supervised Visitation Program, which provides safe, supervised visits for parents wanting to reunite with child who have been removed from the home; counseling that is available to children and families of all programs; The Children’s Shelter, an emergency shelter and support for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect; and New Directions, a transitional housing and support program for youth who have aged out of foster care.
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