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Phildadelphia’s Most Renowned Chefs “Cook Up” Over $12,000 for Brain Tumor Research.


Posted on: 06/01/2004

Phildadelphia’s Most Renowned Chefs “Cook Up” Over $12,000 for Brain Tumor Research.

May 23, 2004 — Bensalem, PA — The Brad Kaminsky Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, a not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for brain tumor research, raised $12,000 for brain tumor research, as a result of their Cooking up a CURE event, which was held on May 14th, 2004 at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurosurgery received $10,000 for brain tumor research. The remainder of donations will be contributed to various institutions strictly to fund research for this lethal disease.

The event was a unique gathering of Philadelphia’s finest chefs, aspiring culinary students from the Restaurant School and local food vendors including DiBruno Brother’s Gourmet Food, Assouline and Ting Caviar and Yards Brewing Company. “The school, which agreed to donate all proceeds from ticket sales that evening, is responsible for this wonderful outcome. The night was magical and the chefs, students, participants and donors must be thanked for its tremendous success.” said Lisa Kaminsky-Millar, president of the foundation named in memory of her brother, Brad Kaminsky, a Bucks County Assistant District Attorney, who passed from a brain tumor at age 29.

Chefs that participated included Georges Perrier (Le Bec-Fin, Le Mas and Brasserie Perrier); Walter Staib (City Tavern); Kevin Meeker (Philadelphia Fish and Company Seafood); Olivier De Saint Martin (Caribou Café); Tony Clark and Robert Bennett (Miel Patisserie); Patrice Rames (Patou); The Restaurant School chefs including Robert Patton, Ryan McNulty and Meg Christensen; and Sean Pashley (Eulogy Belgian Tavern) of NBC’s The Average Joe 2. The night included demonstrations, cookbook signings and endless culinary creations for guests to enjoy.

Since its inception, the Kaminsky Foundation has raised over $105,000 for brain tumor research through golf tournaments, silent auctions, and cookbook sales and now the first Cooking up a CURE event, which will become an annual event. In addition, the foundation has just posted six billboards across Philadelphia and the surrounding vicinity to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research.

The billboards were conceived by the foundation’s head Lisa Kaminsky-Milllar and New Jersey freelance writer Melinda Vickerman-Lalaoui. Both women lost their brothers to a glioblastoma mulitforme brain tumor and both men received treatments at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Millar’s brother, Brad Kaminsky, for whom the foundation was started, died in February 2001, leaving behind two small children. Vickerman-Lalaoui’s brother, Rob Vickerman, of Queens, New York died in August of 2002 at the age of 35. Both women, who have yet to meet each other face-to-face, connected through an Internet support group for brain tumor patients and their caregivers. “I was tremendously grateful to Clear Channel communications in Pennsylvania for assisting us in raising awareness of brain tumors, but I didn’t know what to do next,” said Millar. “I posted a message on a support group website asking for ideas and Melinda stepped in to help,” she said. “It’s been a great experience helping Lisa launch this campaign,” said Vickerman-Lalaoui. “We share the loss of our brothers as well as a real need to contribute something positive to others living with this disease,” she said.

The Kaminsky Foundation’s “Cooking up a CURE” Cookbook, advertised on the colorful billboards that will dot Pennsylvania over the coming months, has raised over $25,000 for brain tumor research at major brain tumor centers such as Duke University Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The cookbook, now in its fourth printing, contains hundreds of recipes donated by people affected by cancer. The fourth volume, currently in progress, will also contain recipes donated by restaurants and chefs in Philadelphia and across the United States.

The foundation is now accepting recipes for the fourth volume of “Cooking Up a CURE”. You can e-mail recipes by visiting the website at www.buyacookbook.org or by calling 1-866-484-CURE (2873). The cookbooks are $20 each and can be purchased from the website or the foundation’s toll free number.

According to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and American Cancer Society Statistics, brain tumors are the most deadly of all childhood cancers and the leading cause of cancer death in men ages 20-39. To find out more about the Brad Kaminsky Foundation for Brain Tumor Research, or to submit a recipe or purchase a cookbook, call 1-866-484 CURE (2873) or go to www.buyacookbook.org.

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