By Special to the Daily World
There’s no better way to strengthen families and community than celebrating Father’s Day with good food, music, dance, games, fashion, comedy and over 100 cooking men at the 22nd annual Real Men Cook for Charity Atlanta celebration on Sunday, June 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. Staged to promote and honor strong men in the Black community and raise money for charities, the event will be held for the first time at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. Tickets are available at ticket outlets throughout Atlanta or online at http://www.realmencook.com or http://www.ticketannex.com.
“We are excited about new venue at the Atlanta Civic Center,” said Atlanta RMC event manager, Diane Larche´. “We also have some very deserving charity partners this year focused on children and support for men post-incarceration. The Lead Foundation provides training and leadership for youth and STAND Inc. is a program assisting men in re-entry into society.”
The Father’s Day event will include a booth hosted by Corporate Code, a nonprofit organization designed to help displaced men in community — the homeless, formerly incarcerated, and/or unemployed — gain economic independence by providing interview-appropriate clothing and career counseling. WXIA TV 11’s Sam Crenshaw is spearheading a drive to encourage newsmen to donate business suits to the organization for men interviewing for employment. The public may also donate business suits at the event.
In addition to performances by comedian Don “D.C.” Curry, singer E. Walter Smith with Maia Nicole, the annual charity event will feature singers, giveaways, a silent auction, clowns and other activities for children. Several high-profile local officials and dignitaries will serve as celebrity hosts, honorary chairmen, judges and cooks including: Congressman John Lewis; singer, Jeane Carne; Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films; Chef Jamika, Next Food Network Star; Tom Jones WSB TV 2; City Council President Ceasar Mitchell; and Atlanta Councilmen Kwanza Hall, C.T. Martin and Michael Bond, Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves, Commissioner Bill Edwards and Robb Pitts and Dekalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson.
“Real Men Cook presents this event in major 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 also continue to promote healthy lifestyles to the thousands of guests in attendance. Our RMC Health Pavilion will feature healthy foods, blood pressure screenings, information and healthy cooking demonstrations.”
Top Atlanta chefs participating in the cookfest include: Chef Will Boxx, personal chef for Ludacris and executive chef at Strait restaurant; Chef Desmond Fanin Sodexo executive chef; Chef Keith Kash, owner of Who’s Got Soul restaurants, Chef Elgin Edwards and Cafe Circa Executive Chef Hopeton Hibbert.
RMC Atlanta 2011 sponsors are: FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Ford/Lincoln, WSB TV Family 2 Family Project, Waffle House, Federal Home Loan Bank, Underground Atlanta, State Farm, Georgia Power and Glory Foods. Media partners are The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Journal, Atlanta Inquirer, Rolling Out, Atlanta Voice and Atlanta Daily World.
Tickets can be purchased from the information desk at Underground Atlanta, Berean Christian Store (Atlanta), Big Oomp Records (West End), Nancy’s Pizza (Midtown and Buckhead), Rick’s Barber & Beauty (southwest Atlanta), Foot FittR of Briarcliff & Lavista Roads (Briarcliff), Medu Bookstore (Greenbriar Mall), Who’s Got Soul Southern Cafe (Dekalb & Lawrenceville), Eye Optical (Stone Mountain), Jan’s Florist (Fayetteville), Jerk Palace (Riverdale) and at http://www.ticketannex.com. For information call 404 344-8496 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 404 344-8496 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.