Men Who Cook fundraiser this weekend

Men will cook to benefit Top Ladies

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B.J. Blackwood (right) laughs with Leon Smith (left) and Willie Clay at last year's Distinguished Men Who Cook. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Top Ladies of Distinction in which men are invited to cook their favorite dishes.  SPECIAL
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B.J. Blackwood (right) laughs with Leon Smith (left) and Willie Clay at last year's Distinguished Men Who Cook. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Top Ladies of Distinction in which men are invited to cook their favorite dishes.

Doctors, lawyers and other professional gentlemen will show off their culinary talents Saturday for the Top Ladies of Distinction’s annual Distinguished Men Who Cook fundraiser.

It will be at Gordon’s Conference and Catering Center at Fort Gordon at 7 p.m.

“We invite men from all walks of life to serve as our cooks,” said Top Ladies President Millicent Mazyck. More than 60 men have signed up to prepare their favorite dishes for the fundraiser. Mazyck said about 250 people usually attend.

The Augusta Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction was founded in 1981 as part of a national organization started by former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.

Members perform a variety of volunteer services in the community.

One goal is to enhance the status of women, so consultants are invited to speak at meetings about women’s topics ranging from health to success in the workplace, Mazyck said.

Through their SALT program, which stands for Seniors Are Living Treasures, club members spend time with seniors in nursing homes, making jewelry or singing Christmas carols.

Members also adopt streets and keep them clean and tend flower gardens at the Ronald McDonald House.

Other members go into the schools and mentor girls while tutoring them in reading and math.

“We try to encourage them to use their own personal skills and be proud of themselves,” Mazyck said.

The Distinguished Men Who Cook is the organization’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds fund scholarships for the its auxiliary group, Top Teens of America. Last year, eight scholarships were awarded.

Mazyck said that since the founding of the organization, 98 scholarships have been awarded.

“After this year, we will be over the 100 mark,” she said.

The Top Teens range in age from 13 to 18, and they perform their own volunteer service.

Last year, they raised $520 for the Huisman Sickle Cell Foundation of Augusta and $520 for March for Babies.

At Saturday’s dinner, the teens will serve as hosts and hostesses and will help with setup and cleanup.

Tickets for the event are $35. For more information, call (706) 860-4650.


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