Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, the triumphant trio behind the Vetri family of restaurants and the Great Chefs Event that benefits the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF), will be presented with the foundation’s Alex Scott Crystal Cup at Saturday’s Seventh Annual Lemon Ball, which takes place at the Marriott Downtown. Vetri et al. are being honored for their ongoing efforts to raise money to help fund the organization’s mission of finding a cure for all children with cancer. “The friendship and bond that we’ve formed with Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud over the past seven years of hosting The Great Chefs Event has been nothing short of incredible,” Liz Scott, who is Co-Executive Director of the Foundation, and the mother of its founder, Alex Scott who tragically lost her own battle with cancer in 2004, told Grub. “We could not be more grateful for their support.”
Since the first Great Chefs Event in 2006, the annual affair has generated millions of dollars in contributions from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and those who simply enjoy eating in their restaurants. Proceeds from the event go to childhood cancer research. Last year’s event alone brought in more than $1 million in donations. The Great Chef’s Event has also inspired similar fundraisers in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
“Our daughter set out to find cures for all kids with cancer through a front yard lemonade stand,” Scott added. “And she would absolutely be thrilled by the embrace of the culinary community to continue her mission.”