Continuing what has become a Father’s Day tradition for many families, thousands of people will come together to celebrate strong Black men for the 24th annual Real Men Cook for Charity Atlanta (RMC Atlanta). The celebration will take place from 3 – 6 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom Building C (265 Andrew Young Blvd NW).
In addition to an opportunity to sample an assortment of dishes prepared by more than 100 professional and self-proclaimed master chefs, RMC Atlanta attendees will be treated to performances by singer and co-star of TV One’s R&B Divas, KeKe Wyatt, and singer and songwriter, Tony Tatum.
Popular V-103 mid-day radio personality, Egypt Sherrod, WAOK’s Derrick Boazman, Demetria McKinney, singer and actress (Rickey Smiley TV Show) and Tom Jones of WSB TV 2, will serve as guest hosts. Honorary chairs include Judge Glenda Hatchett and Shannon A. Brown, Sr. VP/Chief HR Diversity Officer of Fed Ex Express, Valerie Jackson, Chairman of Jackmont Hospitality Inc., Rev. Marvin Moss and Cascade United Methodist Church. Cooks will include: Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell; Roger Bobb, CEO, Bobbcat Films and Chef Ed Harris, season four winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped,”
This year the charity event will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, The Apex Museum, Real Men Charities and the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students the skills and principles of leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, community service, and career preparation.
“Real Men Cook allows us to uplift Black men while we raise money for our charity partners to continue their good work,” said RMC Atlanta event manager, Diane Larche´. “We all know that what we cook matters, so teaching healthy eating to at-risk families strengthens our community.
“The Apex Museum is the keeper of our precious history, and we all know the impact that Maynard Jackson’s leadership had on Atlanta and the Black community internationally. It is so fitting for RMC Atlanta to give a portion of the proceeds of our event to a foundation preparing youth today to become leaders of tomorrow,” Larche´added.
The RMC Health Pavilion, sponsored in part by Humana, will feature healthy foods, blood pressure screenings, health information on diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, heart disease from the American Heart Association and prostate cancer along with healthy cooking demonstrations.
RMC Atlanta 2013 sponsors are: FedEx, WSB TV Family 2 Family Project, Humana, Delta Air Lines, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, American Family Insurance, Georgia Power Foundation, Arby’s Foundation, Jackmont Hospitality/T. G. I. Friday’s, Waffle House,American Signature Furniture, Media partners are the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Rolling Out, V103 FM and WAOK AM, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Voice, Atlanta Daily World and Urban Lux Magazine.
“Real Men Cook for Charity presents this event in several cities to lift up strong fathers and other real men who care for the community, while also raising money for local charities,” said Kevin Ashford, spokesman for Real Men Cook Atlanta. “We’re convinced that Atlanta is the best because of our loyal following year after year.”
Tickets can be purchased from the information desk at Underground Atlanta, Apex Museum, Berean Christian Store (Atlanta), Nancy’s Pizza (Midtown and Buckhead), Rick’s Barber & Beauty (SW Atlanta), Medu Bookstore (Greenbriar Mall), Who’s Got Soul Southern Cafe (Dekalb & Lawrenceville), Eye Connection Optical (Stone Mountain), Jerk Palace (Riverdale), Jan’s Flowers and Gifts (Fayetteville) and East Coast Seafood (East Atlanta), and online at www.ticketannex.com. Advance Tickets are $20 and Adults $10 for Children under 12 ($5 more at the door).
Tickets can also be purchased at ticket outlets throughout online at www.ticketannex.com.
For more information visit www.realmencook.com