26 May Junior League of Lincoln’s Dish it Up! Raises Record-Breaking Sum to Benefit Community Projects
May 26, 2016
Junior League of Lincoln’s Dish it Up! Raises Record-Breaking Sum to Benefit Community Projects
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—The Junior League of Lincoln’s 12th annual “Dish It Up!” event raised a record-breaking sum of $47,497 on April 1 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lincoln. All proceeds will benefit Junior League of Lincoln community projects.
In a new feature this year, a “Fund a Closet” challenge during the event raised $5,171 to support the League’s signature project, ClothesLine, a clothing closet at 12 Lincoln middle and high schools that provides clothing to students in an effort to reduce bullying, meet basic needs, and help students focus on school.
The event showcased heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drink pairings from many of Lincoln’s top chefs and beverage providers. Over 330 attendees enjoyed cuisine from Chef Au Chef, Billy’s, Red Onion Bistro, 9 South Chargrill, Wilderness Ridge, Cupcakes and More, Dish, Chez Hay, and Hey Cupcake.
Drinks were provided by The Still, SchillingBridge Cork and Tap House, Blue Blood Brewing Co., and The Coffee Roaster. A VIP area offered cuisine and specially crafted cocktails provided by Venue and The Other Room.
Awards given during the event included:
- Iron Chef Award, for the chef who raised the most money during the live auction – Aaron Young, Chef au Chef and Sean Carmichael, Chez Hay
- Food Critics Best Creation Award – Aaron Young, Chef au Chef
- Food Critics Best Presentation Award – Kelli Daniels, Wilderness Ridge
Food critics were Jeff Korbelik from the Lincoln Journal Star, Tyler Thomas from the Nebraska Foodie blog and Kristin Bauer from 10/11. Event co-chairs were Junior League of Lincoln Members Kadi Holmberg and Chelsey Welch.
A record 21 sponsors supported Dish it Up! 2016, including exclusive event sponsors Slim Chickens and Welch Ophthalmology; exclusive elegance sponsor Petals to Platinum; and exclusive media sponsor B107.3. Additional sponsors were: Runza Restaurants, Union Bank and Trust, Assurity Life, Counter Culture, Nelnet, Good Life Fitness, Crete Carrier, Reliant Studios, Jim and Mary Abel, Shotkoski and Associates, Mark and Janelle Hegarty, Lincoln Industries, Bryan Health, Hockenburgs, Dr. John Massey, Hilgers Graben, and Woods Bros. Realty.
Event proceeds from live and silent auctions, ticket sales and donations support Junior League of Lincoln community service projects that promote children’s and women’s well-being.
“We’re thankful for the community support and the success of this event,” said Janell Walther, President of the Junior League of Lincoln. “This event helps us develop women leaders in Lincoln and expand good work that Junior League members do.”
The Junior League of Lincoln is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing women’s potential and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more details, visit JLL.org.