Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Teams with James-Beard-Award-Winning Chefs in Breakout Culinary Event, Raises More Than $740,000 for Youth at Risk

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Unprecedented Funding Boost Will Support KSBBBS Mentor Program Statewide

"We are blessed with our open-hearted community in Wichita, as their support is making a huge difference." Dan Soliday, CEO of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KSBBBS) and event supporter Table Rock Infrastructure Partners announced that this fall’s inaugural event, Big Soiree: Culinary for a Cause Gala has raised more than $740,000. These funds will be used to support and expand KSBBBS mentor programs in Kansas, providing more one-to-one mentors for youths facing adversity.

“We are blessed with our open-hearted community in Wichita, as their support is making a huge difference to supporting the recruitment of more adult mentors to match with the kids on our waiting list,” said Dan Soliday, CEO of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are grateful to everyone who donated their time, talents, money and energy to make this event the unbelievable success it turned out to be. We are exceptionally grateful to Cargill, Table Rock, the chefs, and our committee led by Steve Feilmeier, Brian Sikes and Emily Luchetti for their participation and support of this event.”

“Table Rock is a firm believer in matching emotion with action, both professionally and in our philanthropic efforts” said Peter Luchetti, managing partner at Table Rock Infrastructure Partners. “We were working in Wichita and felt a strong connection with KSBBBS as an effective, direct-impact organization with great leadership. We wanted to do something meaningful to support their efforts and are thrilled by the results of our joint event and the possibilities of what we can achieve for KSBBBS and the miraculous kids and mentors they serve.”

The Parisian-themed Big Soiree, held on October 5 at the Scottish Rite Center in Wichita, featured hors d’oeuvres from star Wichita chefs Kevin Derks, Bobby Lane and Josh Rathbun, and an exquisite 4-course meal prepared by some of the most innovative chefs from across the country. Chefs Stephen Giunta and Pete Geoghegan Sr. of Cargill Protein Group, Chef Amy Bandewein of Centolina, Chef and author Elizabeth Faulkner, Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon and Chef Emily Luchetti, Chair Emeritus of the James Beard Foundation, worked in partnership with Wichita’s own star chefs and, in the spirit of mentoring, the culinary students from Butler Community College.

Table Rock Infrastructure Partners is also announcing today that it has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters as its designated corporate charity.

About Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters (KSBBBS) matches children facing adversity with caring, adult mentors. We believe that all children - regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or family background - can achieve success in life, especially with the guidance and support of a caring adult mentor. These one-to-one professionally-supported friendships last a minimum of one year. However, the effects of these friendships last a lifetime. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.kansasbigs.org

About Table Rock Infrastructure Partners

Table Rock Infrastructure Partners is the only equity firm in the country focused entirely on helping municipalities get critical water and wastewater infrastructure projects off the ground and moving forward. The firm structured, financed and now manages the first water and wastewater public-private partnership of its kind in the U.S. for the City of Rialto, CA, and has provided analysis on hundreds of cities around the country. Table Rock’s accelerated “Progressive Partnership” process comparatively evaluates all options for municipal project design and delivery, and helps city leadership determine which approach produces highest value for ratepayers. For more information, visit http://tablerockpartners.com.

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