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Contact: Melody McDowell – 312-371-8917 Yvette Moyo – 773-425-4113

PUBLIC INVITED TO CELEBRATE REAL MEN COOK IN THE CITY, SOUTH SUBURBS AND IN GARY

Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration 2016 expands to 27 locations, including to ten sites that are open to the public. The locales span Chicago’s vast array of neighborhoods including Lawndale, Bronzeville and South Shore. The celebrations will also extend to the South Suburbs and to Gary, Indiana. As a show of its concern for men who are homeless, The Men’s Club from The Church of the Good Shepherd will join Real Men Cook to serve a Father’s Day Feast for the men at the Door of Hope Rescue Mission, 5313 S. Indiana in Chicago. Additionally, the men of Trinity United Church of Christ and the Endeleo Foundation will cook and serve the residents of Lowden Homes. Both are examples of the generosity of men -- a major message from Real Men Cook.

Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend the events, which take place on Father’s Day, June 19, from 3PM to 6PM.

It is the first time in the event’s 27-year history that it is being hosted in multiple locations. Rael Jackson, Real Men Cook's president, says it is a powerful endorsement of Real Men Cook’s appeal that others stepped up to host similar celebrations in their neighborhoods. The hosting organizations include social service agencies, churches, and theaters. All are bound by their commitment to the communities they serve and by their support of the event. While food is featured at each site, the spirit and the message that Real Men cook, love and care is the primary item on the menu.

Lead sponsors of Real Men Cook 2016 are ComEd and Next Level Health. Supporting sponsors are University of Chicago Medicine, Whole Foods, Harmony Health Plan and Great Migration Commission.

Real Men Cook co-founders, Yvette and Kofi Moyo, call the multiple-location Father's Day initiative a way to bring together men who care about our communities. It is a loving gesture where biological fathers and father figures serve families, enjoy the activities for their children and get lots of love from the women who appreciate an event that stars and celebrates men.

The host sites where men will prepare food for the public are:

Better Boys Foundation - North Lawndale -1512 South Pulaski Road Chicago, IL hosted by Rufus Williams-BBF Family Services

Dan Ryan Woods – Southside - Hosted by Keith Martin, Sr. - Organization: D.A.D.D.Y (Developing A Dedicated Driven Youth)

Dolton Park District's Early Learning Center - 729 Engle Street Dolton, -Hosted by Fathers and Blessings

Hales Franciscan High School - 4930 S Cottage Grove Ave – Bronzeville - Hosted by Richard Kemp

Lawndale Christian Community Church - 3827 W Ogden - North Lawndale - Hosted by Commissioner Robert Steele

Mosque Maryam -73rd and Stony Island - Hosted by Jeffery Muhammad

The New Regal Theater -79th and Stony Island - South Shore - Hosted by Jerold Gary

Trinity United Church of Christ - 1276 W 20th Ave - Gary, IN -Hosted by Rev. John Jackson

There will also be 20 private Real Men Cook celebrations. At all sites, men will don the Real Men Cook signature apron and chef’s hat. Each location will also be festooned with a Real Men Cook banner.

Every site will include activities for children. Also, each host organization will continue Real Men Cook’s tradition of incorporating healthy foods into the menu. So, in addition to the ribs, and chicken, there will be servings of grilled vegetables and fish and roasted items. Incorporating healthy choices into the menus supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities and spread a message that food is medicine. Through year wide programs, seminars, workshops, and supported by medical research, Real Men Cook promotes a healthy lifestyle. Their classes and messages teach that diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease can be prevented and/or managed by adding healthy options and fitness to one’s everyday activities.

Greg Hardin of the Cook County Sheriff's office, has cooked with Real Men Cook for over 20 years and will host Real Men Cook in the south suburbs. He believes that Real Men Cook’s message that Fathers Love and Care is a lasting one and one embraced by Fathers and Blessings. "Working with Fathers and Blessings is exactly that for us,” says Hardin. “We have the veteran cooks of Real Men Cook with these young men and their friends from their organization. This is how we guarantee that Real Men Cook will endure for the next 27 years. Ultimately, we are all working to change the narrative about Black men and their commitment to family and community." For event ticket information log on to www.realmencook.com.