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Third Annual Showcase Chefs Event a Success

On November 2, the Windber Health Care Foundation Auxiliary held the 3rd Annual Showcase Chefs event at the Windber Community Building. Local chefs handed out samples of their dishes to a record 215 attendees, who then were asked to tip their favorites. The event was a huge success, raising more than $7,000 for hospital projects and equipment at the Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of our volunteers, attendees, sponsors, and, of course, the local chefs! The Gob Father – Jim Mayes received the most tips for the evening making him the Showcase Chef. Our second and third place chefs were Flair of Country Catering and Event Planning and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, respectively. Congratulations and thank you to all!” said Kim Oleksa Foundations/Development Administrator.

Other participating businesses were Ace’s Banquets and Catering, American Legion Post #137, Anthony’s Restaurant, Bella Sicilia, B&L Wine Cellars, Carlyn’s Restaurant, Coal Miner’s Cafe, Faranda Farms, Kaiser Embroidery Plus, LambCakes, Leone’s Market, Mimo’s Pizza & Restaurant, My Girls Deli & Catering, Old Towne Distillery, and Rizzo’s Restaurant.

Thank you to our event sponsors Oxford Development Company, Slovenian Savings and Loan, and The Outhouse.

Pictured below, L to R: CSSMCW Foundations/Development Administrator Kim Oleksa, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church representatives Chris Kaiser and Pauline Nadonley, CSSMCW President Tom Kurtz, The Gobfather Jim Mayes, Flair of Country Catering (FOC) and Event Manager Mindi Dorian, and FOC Catering Coordinator Melissa Showalter.

Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit