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Childhelp hosts virtual cooking competition benefiting children in need through June 30

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Returning champion Mike Butcher is feeling confident pictured above as the culinary showdown has begun and runs through June 30 online. (File Photos/

Childhelp officials report a spike in calls to help hotline

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Hosted by the Childhelp Phoenix and Flagstaff Chapters, “25 Men vs. Women Who Think They Can Cook & Fundraise” began as an in-person event in 2011 starring some of Arizona’s most recognizable male personalities and has since evolved into an event that showcases the hidden culinary talents of men, women and children from all over the country.

The event is set to celebrate its 11th anniversary virtually this year with a month-long affair designed to bring food and community together to raise money and awareness for children in need, according to a press release.

Jill Babb and Stacey Weber

Videos displayed on each chef’s page combine at home cooking demos with fundraising and a lot of love for Childhelp. Open to all individuals in the community, anyone can sign up to become a chef by registering for their own fundraising page.

“We are still seeing the effects of the pandemic in children and communities across the country, and right here in Arizona.” Childhelp Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman Sara O’Meara said in a prepared statement.

“Calls to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline have increased in intensity, and we are seeing increasingly tragic cases of child abuse and neglect at our Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona in Phoenix. By coming together to support our mission, these chefs are feeding hope and healing to countless children in need.”

Paul and Veronica Penzone

Join local celebrities offering secret recipes, time and talent for the event as last year’s reigning champions, Mike Butcher and Steve Keim, have their sights set on another fundraising victory for Childhelp.

The culinary showdown runs through June 30, and is chaired by Stacey Weber, president of the Childhelp Phoenix Chapter, and Jill Babb, president of the Childhelp Flagstaff Chapter.

This year’s sponsors include Evans Garrey PLLC, Wyndham Flagstaff Resort and Pioneer Title Agency.

To check out each chef’s progress and donate to their campaign go here.

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