100 Men Who Cook is lending a helping hand once again to two local groups.
Mentors for Youth and Crisis Connection are the beneficiaries for the 2020 event.
The Executive Director for Mentors For Youth, Ellen Corn, says this helps their program immensely.
For Crisis Connection, being a beneficiary will help them have a larger community impact. The Executive Director of Crisis Connection, Paula Rasche, says it will even help them start a new outreach program.
Choosing the beneficiaries can be a lengthy process. Old National Bank Jasper Regional President, Tom Krodel, says it all starts with an application process.
If the inside committee thinks an applicant is not ready to be a beneficiary, Krodel says they do what they can to help. Those who do make the cut move onto the outside committee.
Krodel says ten to twelve individuals from the business community who are either chefs, sponsors, or promoters of the event spend the day looking at the applications.
Krodel says they end the process with both committees talking about the applicants’ strengths and weaknesses. Then, committee members send Krodel a numeric list of their choices, which Krodel then uses to decide who the beneficiaries are.
Krodel says after making this announcement, he is ecstatic about next year’s event.
Last year’s event raised $255,000 for CASA offices in Dubois and Orange Counties. This helped the offices purchase specific items for kids that are taken from their homes, and supported an endowment for the program.
100 Men Who Cook takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 6 pm in the Huntingburg Events Center.