CHAMPs for Mott gala and golf tournament to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital scheduled for May 15-18, 2015

Mott patients enjoying playtime in the Game Day Experience playroom at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 2nd Annual CHAMPs for Mott, scheduled for Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18, 2015, is an exciting fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. With co-presenting sponsors Delta Air Lines and Lexus of Ann Arbor, the event brings together celebrities, health care leaders, athletes, musicians and philanthropists from around the nation to help raise much needed funds for the children at Mott — one of the top-10 children’s hospitals in the United States.

The weekend’s activities will kick off with a VIP dinner for top sponsors at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms on Friday, May 15. The weekend will continue with a gala on Saturday, May 16 where more than 200 CHAMPs will enjoy a strolling dining experience with gourmet food and wine prepared right in front of them by world-renowned chefs from around the country at a Delta Air Lines airplane hangar at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). The dinner will be followed by an 18-hole golf tournament on Monday, May 18 at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club – South Course.

To date, some of the participating chefs and restaurants include:

  • Dan Bonanno – A Pig in a Fur Coat in Madison, WI (featured in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “Best New Restaurants in the Midwest)
  • Alan Sternberg – Cerulean in Indianapolis, IN (featured in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “Best New Restaurants in the Midwest)
  • Joe Vanwagner – Mediterrano in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Bill Gerencer – Foley Fish in New Bedford, MA
  • Rocco Whalen – Farenheit in Cleveland, OH (frequent appearances on Food Network, including Cutthroat Kitchen & Fat Chef)
  • Eve Aranoff – Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor, MI (competed on Top Chef Season 6)
  • John Fisher – Gratzi Ristorante in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Amy Emberling – Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brandon Johns – Grange in Ann Arbor, MI (featured on the Cooking Channel)
  • Ji Hye Kim – San Street in Ann Arbor, MI
  • John Miller – U of M, Ross School of Business
  • Takashi Yagihashi/Tadashi Nagura – Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor, MI (James Beard Award winner , and has been featured on Iron Chef America and contestant on Top Chef Masters)
  • Alex Young – Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, MI (five-time James Beard nominated Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region, winning the title in 2011)
  • Myles Anton – Trattoria Stella & The Franklin in Traverse City, MI (five-time James Beard Award nominee & semi-finalist)
  • Annie Pettry – Decca in Louisville, KY (2014 Food & Wine “The People’s Best New Chef” nominee, and a 2014 Star Chefs Rising Star)

The weekend event will benefit the U-M Congenital Heart Center and the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund both at Mott Children’s Hospital. The U-M Congenital Heart Center has a vision to not only help children from across the world with life-threatening heart disease survive, but also to help vastly improve their quality-of-life into adulthood. The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund supports research investigators who are tirelessly working to advance new therapies for serious childhood disease and conditions that limit a child’s lifetime potential and helps to accelerate innovative ideas, bringing concepts closer to real cures.

The inaugural CHAMPs for Mott in 2014 raised more than $375,000 for the U-M Congenital Heart Center and the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund.

For more information on CHAMPs for Mott please visit

About C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital:

Since 1903, the University of Michigan has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that’s performed in the womb to complete emergency care that’s there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for our pediatric expertise. For more information, go to


Former Mott patients Patrick and Veronica share their story on stage at CHAMPs 2014.


Former Indianapolis Colt and University of Michigan running back Mike Hart signs a jersey for a fan.


Chef Duc Tang of Pacific Rim (left) and his sous-chef (right) prepare a delicious dish for CHAMPs guests.

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