Research is done. Vaccines are discovered. Babies can simply be babies. Welcome to the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Dallas. Where signatures make more than just a mark on paper. They make a mark in someone's life.



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2014 Event

6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Omni Dallas Hotel

Lead Chef
Kent Rathbun, Kent Rathbun Concepts

Event Chairs
Laura and Ian MacNeil

Event Contact
Summer Graham

Signature Chefs Auction

Enjoy yourself as top local chefs prepare their signature dishes to raise awareness and vital revenue to help March of Dimes prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Join Lead Chef Kent Rathbun and more than 20 top local chefs as they prepare their signature dishes – all to honor stronger, healthier babies.

The Signatures

So what happens to your signature? It becomes part of our illustration. If you look closely, we’re using signatures to make something meaningful. Every signature counts.

2013 Chefs

Join Lead Chef Kent Rathbun and more than 20 top local chefs as they prepare their signature dishes – all to celebrate 75 years of stronger, healthier babies.

Ken Rathburn

Kent Rathbun, Lead Chef

Kent Rathbun Concepts
Abacus, Jasper's, Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen, Kent Rathbun Catering

Tim Byres

Tim Byres


Samir Dhurandhar

Samir Dhurandhar

Nick & Sam's Steakhouse

Gilbert Garza

Gilbert Garza

Suze Restaurant

Scott Gottlich

Scott Gottlich


Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris


Dwight Harvey

Dwight Harvey

Off the Bone Barbecue

TJ Lengnick

TJ Lengnick

Shinsei Restaurant

Matt McCallister

Matt McCallister


Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles Concepts
Stephan Pyles
Samar by Stephan Pyles
Stampede 66

Jim Severson

Jim Severson

Sevy's Grill

Daniel Tarasevich

Daniel Tarasevich

The Second Floor Bistro & Bar

Nathan Tate

Nathan Tate


Anthony Van Camp

Anthony Van Camp


Chris Vogeli

Chris Vogeli

III Forks

Jason Weaver

Jason Weaver

Texas Spice

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About March of Dimes

March of Dimes is the largest and most respected maternal-child health organization in the world. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families.

More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

Our Mission

To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. March of Dimes carries out its mission through research, advocacy, community services and education to save babies’ lives.

From polio to prematurity

Conquering polio

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.

Preventing birth defects

Its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. We have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Our recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.

Fighting premature birth

Since 2003, our fight to save babies has been strongly characterized by our Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.



An important component of the Signature Chefs Auction is Fund the Mission – an opportunity for everyone to make a donation to the March of Dimes. Each gift is 100 percent tax deductible and helps our foundation carry out its mission through research, advocacy, community programs and education on the local, state and national levels. Those interested in making a Fund the Mission donation have a few options: online (, mail (12660 Coit Road, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75251), phone (972.669.3463) or at the event.

Your support helps nearly half a million families whose babies are born too soon each year in the United States, including 1 in 8 babies in the DFW Metroplex. March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and raises awareness about its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Our 2013 Ambassador Genevieve Heffernan was born about four months early, weighing 15.3 ounces and was almost exactly the length of a sheet of paper. Genevieve is now a thriving, five-year old thanks to the work of the March of Dimes. Please consider donating to Fund the Mission in honor of Genevieve, longtime volunteers Dr. Leonard and Pauline Graivier or simply to help give all babies a healthy start.



2013 Signature Chefs Auction Dallas Ambassador Family: Drs. Jennifer and Thomas Heffernan; Daughter - Genevieve.



Throughout its organizational history, March of Dimes has tackled the problems of the nation's moms, babies and families. Campaigns have supported polio, birth defects, folic acid, newborn screening and premature birth. Today, the March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. They are the millions of reasons behind our urgent mission and why the March of Dimes: fights for health insurance for all pregnant women and children; pushes for expanded newborn screening that could save lives and prevent disability; reaches out to women with healthy–pregnancy information and services; provides comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care; supports all–important research offering hope for preventions and solutions for babies born with birth defects.


2013 Sponsors

Fund the Mission

  • TM Advertising


  • Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc

  • Heritage Auctions

  • Fauxcades


  • KVIL
  • Jack
  • KLUV
  • FOX 4
  • Peoples Newspapers


  • American Airlines
  • Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Sewell Automotive Companies
  • Drs. Lisa and David Genecov
  • Graivier, Bell and Barnes Families


  • 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Beyond
  • Diane and Hal Brierley
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Harold Leidner Company
  • Quest Diagnostics


  • AlixPartners, LLP
  • GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA
  • Nestle Waters North America
  • Riveron Consulting
  • Sprint
  • Wells Fargo
  • Mary and Mike Terry