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Fourth Annual Kabuki Cook-off at Benihana Raises Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

August 29, 2011 – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A little friendly competition never hurts, and in this case, it helped transform the lives of 30 children and families in Broward County. On Monday, August 22, nearly 150 people gathered at Benihana in Fort Lauderdale for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County’s 4th annual Kabuki “Celebrity” Cook-off.

Supporters of the youth mentoring organization cooked a mouth-watering meal for a table of eight behind the sizzling teppanyaki grills. Each table selected their own theme – from “Gilligan’s Island” to Las Vegas casino – then dressed and decorated their table to match. Chefs and guests alike competed for awards, like Comcast’s Spero Canton, who won the Sumo award for “wrestling” with the food. Participants also tipped their chefs for excellent service and entertainment. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s table won the coveted Golden Tip award for raising $1,500 in tips alone, more than any other table.

The $30,000 raised at the event goes to providing direct program service to children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization helps youth facing adversity by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Today, more than 1,000 children in Broward County are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister to provide them with much needed guidance, caring and support.

“Thanks to the support of our sponsors and honorary chairs Gary and Monica Correll, more children, families and volunteers in our community will know first-hand how one-to-one mentorship changes lives and transforms the future, leading to better schools, stronger homes and safer communities,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Ana Cedeño.

Sponsors of the evening included: Benihana, Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing, Publix Super Markets, Comcast, AutoNation, the Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LG Capital Solutions, Marketing Matters, S.C.G. & Associates, LXR and BB&T.
To learn more about Kabuki Celebrity Cook-off and how you can cook for the kids, call (954) 584-9990, email or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives the children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.

Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at

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