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REAL MEN COOK CHICAGO CELEBRATIONS' FIRST MULTI-LOCATION EVENT HAILED AS A TRIUMPHANT TRIBUTE TO FATHERS
The Chicago celebrations of Real Men Cook - held at multiple locations -- was a triumphant success. Held and hosted by a variety of organizations, churches and businesses the fun was held at locations citywide, in the south suburbs and in Gary, Indiana. All totaled, this year's event attracted a record 9,000 people who enjoyed an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun.
The locations where events were held were:
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
The Men's Club of Good Shepherd Church served men and their children at Door of Hope Rescue Mission and the Men of Trinity United Church of Christ and the Endeleo Foundation served residents of the Lowden Homes - 200 W. 95th Street. Veteran cooks and others came to Real Men Cook as part of family reunions, parks and social club outings --all in the tradition and spirit of Real Men Cook.
Lead sponsors of Real Men Cook 2016 were ComEd and Next Level Health. Supporting sponsors were University of Chicago Medicine, Whole Foods, Harmony Health Plan and Great Migration Centennial Commission.
The thousands who attended the events - and in temperatures that reached 100 degrees -- were treated to an array of food delicacies prepared by volunteer chefs. These cooks included men from all walks of life, everyday good men who became Father's Day heroes. Others who attended included entertainers, athletes, ministers, media personalities, elected officials and other hard-working males who are bound by their resolve to uplift the African American family and give something back to the community.
Among the dishes prepared were traditional fare like ribs, chicken and desserts, as well as delicacies like Jerk chicken favorites, yum-yummy Creole cuisine and a special New Orleans sweet potato pie.
Each Real Men Cook's Father's Day celebration continued its long tradition of serving healthy food and promoting nutrition. So there were salads, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables,greens of various varieties, fruits and baked fish and chicken. Incorporating healthy choices into the menus supports Real Men Charities, Inc.'s mission promote a healthy lifestyle.
Among the national celebrities who attended were Che Rhymefest Smith, who delighted the crowds at Mosque Maryam. Actor Mel Jackson made an appearance at the event at the Regal and Mosque Maryam. Among the celebrities serving were Jim Rose, sports anchor, at ABC 7 and station manager John Idler.
Among the other highlights of the day were:
The real focus of the annual tribute were the fathers, some who served food they'd purchased and prepared in hours of time donated for the cause, and sine brought their families to savor the love of the day.
Yvette Moyo, co-founder, was ecstatic by the huge turnout and the love everyone shared. She noted that each venue brought a different theme, flavor and passion. “However,” said Ms. Moyo, “they were all bound by the spirit of love that was present at each location.”
The event was conceived and founded in 1990 by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Kofi and Yvette Moyo who sought a forum where the African American family, and Black males positively involved in both family and community, could be acknowledged and celebrated. In this 27th anniversary of Real Men Cook, the Moyos said they were proud that the legacy they started has grown stronger