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Appetites up for Men Who Cook

The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation urges everyone to strictly observe their New Year’s pledge to eat less. Save that hunger for “Men Who Cook, 2011” presented this year by Dr. Michael Amaro. Men Who Cook will feature the culinary treats of 55 “celebrity” cooks, along with dancing and auctions.

The event will be held February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Texas Ballroom at Safari Texas Ranch. Jeff Council will be the auctioneer for the evening and the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra will provide the evening’s musical entertainment. Texas Radio Hall-of-Famer Rowdy Yates serves as the MC.

Proceeds from the evening are used to support the creative ideas and classroom projects by Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded. L.E.A.F. also offers scholarship to graduating Lamar CISD students and to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

In 10 years of existence, LE.A.F. has invested more than $1.25 million into LCISD schools.

Sponsors supporting L.E.A.F. at the Silver level include Aetna, Automated Logic-Houston, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bill and Sandra Billingsley, Consolidated Home Health, Consolidated Property Advisors, Fluor, Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Jackie Leaman, Lee and Jan Leaman, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, Nalco, Neil and Carolyn Banfield, PBK Architects, RiverPark West, Trina and Andy Sanford, UnitedHealthcare and Universal Corrosion Specialist.

Bronze level sponsors are Amegy Bank, Bonbrook Plantation, Cross Creek Ranch, Drymalla, First Southwest Company, Fulbrook, Gilbane, IDC Inc., Imperial Sugar, Kathy and Lonnie Meadows/Lamar and Dana Meadows/NewFirst Insurors, Lee Mahlmann, D.D.S. and Long Meadow Farms. Also, McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Memorial Hermann – Sugar Land, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, NewFirst National Bank, Null Lairson, Paul and Janice Knight, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Motts, Safari Texas, SouthWest Water Company, The Hunton Group, The Sweet Tooth Shoppe, Thompson & Horton, Vinson & Elkins, VLK Architects and WCJC/UofH SugarLand.

Tickets for the gala are $60. For more information regarding L.E.A.F. or to purchase tickets, contact Janice Knight at 832-223-0334.

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