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Top Chefs Join Forces to Raise Funds for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  The inside of the Delta Air Lines hangar at Detroit Metro Airport will be transformed for an evening of inspiration, appetite and aviation at the CHAMPS for Mott Culinary Gala on Saturday, Nov.9. 

The annual strolling dinner will feature culinary creations prepared by top chefs from around the state, silent and live auctions, and live music, all to support important advances in research and care at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Participating chefs and restaurants to date include: Nick Erven (Antihero in Ferndale), James Wilhelm (Black Pearl in Ann Arbor), Zane Makky (Brome Modern Eatery in Dearborn and Detroit), John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino (Grey Ghost in Detroit), Kelsey Collins (Imperial in Ferndale), Michael Barrera and Moses Fishman (Latido @ joebar) in Hazel Park), John Beilfuss (Lula’s Louisiana Cookhouse in Owosso), Jason Branham (Maiz Mexican Cantina (Ypsilanti), Nikita Sanches (Rock City Eatery in Detroit), Brian Perrone (Slows Bar BQ in Detroit), Tadashi Nagura (Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor), Alex Young (The Standard Bistro & Larder in Ann Arbor), Myles Anton (The Franklin and Trattoria Stella in Traverse City), Brad Greenhill (Takoi in Detroit), Jennifer Jackson (Voyager in Ferndale), Bob Bennett (Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor), Debi Scroggins (Bearclaw Coffee Co. in Ann Arbor), Autumn Kyles, Victoria Washington, Daniel A. Washington (Detroit Dough in Detroit), Kelly Toland (Le Bon Macaron in Ann Arbor), Kelly Rankin (Nothing Bundt Cakes in Novi, Sterling Heights and Troy) and Eric & Lisa Petersen (Petey’s Donuts in Brooklyn).

“Mott is arguably home to the largest, cutting-edge pediatric research hospital in the state of Michigan, and we provide care for patients with some of the most complex and toughest conditions to treat,” says Chris Dickinson, M.D, Mott chief medical officer and interim executive director.

“Our ability to move medicine forward through transformative treatments, procedures, and studies allows us to deliver the breakthrough care that helps heal our Little Victors and give hope to children everywhere.”

The gala is presented by Delta Air Lines and Lexus of Ann Arbor, and will be hosted by Jim Brandstatter and Robbie Timmons. Brandstatter can be heard calling play-by-play on the Michigan Wolverines Football Radio Network. Timmons was the weekday news anchor at WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 1982 to 2010.

For more event details including a list of participating restaurants, or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets start at $375.

Follow along on social media for event updates via @MottChildren on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Since 1903, the University of Michigan has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that's performed in the womb to complete emergency care that's there when you need it, families from all over come to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for our pediatric expertise. For more information, go to

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