Via the Mount Holly Foundation Newsletter: The 20th Annual Mt. Holly Rotary Club’s Men Who Cook scholarship fundraiser will be held on February 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. This fun and food filled event features some of the finest male “chefs” in Gaston County. Elected officials, Rotarians, restaurateurs and members of the community who simply enjoy cooking, many of whom are men and few women, all come together and offer samples of vegetables, meats, soups, and desserts. This even it not only full of fun, it is for a good cause. All funds raised are used to provide scholarships to deserving seniors at East Gaston High School and Stuart Cramer High School.
In 1981 the Mt. Holly Rotary Club has started awardingscholarships to deserving East Gaston High School seniors who plan to further their education after high school. The scholarships have ranged in amounts from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the success of its fundraisers and the generosity of local donors.
Last year, due to our successful event, we were able to bestow two scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. The students awarded the one time scholarship must show that they are active in their community, demonstrate a need, and provide proof of good academic standing. This year, to accommodate our growing community, we will offer one scholarship to the inaugural graduating class of Stuart Cramer High School as well as one at East Gaston.
For two decades crowds of over two hundred people have gathered annually to sample the food offerings presented at Men Who Cook. The first Men Who Cook event was held at Ida Rankin Elementary. In the years since that first event it has grown in attendance and has moved locations to accommodate its growth. It has been held at the Mount Holly Middle School cafeteria, the East Gaston cafeteria and most recently relocated to the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex to more comfortably accommodate the numerous “chefs” and diners.
Dishes served have ranged in variety from the humble, yet delicious, grilled cheese sandwich to more unusual dishes like venison stew or the annual favorite, homemade ice cream. Diners go through the long line of offerings often going back to grab another plate to accommodate all the food and sample of as many dishes as they would like. Someone may have left the event hungry, but with the abundance of food it seems unlikely. Men Who Cook is a time to gather and enjoy food and fellowship while helping contribute to a worthy cause.
Additionally, if you like to cook, have a restaurant, bakery or catering service or are otherwise interested in being one of our “chefs” featured at the event, please contact Brooke Shepherd Lopez, at 704-827-5897 or check us out on Facebook: Mount Holly Rotary Club. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Contact Brooke or any Mt. Holly Rotarian for tickets or purchase your ticket at the door the day of the event.
Join us to cook or join us to eat…Either way, come and join in on the fun!