Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 25, 2019
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Old National Bank’s second annual Culinary Queens event in Fort Wayne on Nov. 9 raised $265,000 for Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana.
Old National and Easterseals Arc teamed up to recruit nearly 100 of the Fort Wayne area’s most notable women to prepare their favorite dishes for guests to sample. Queens competed for tips to see who would be crowned as the top fundraiser at the end of the night. The total of $265,000 includes event sponsorships, ticket and table sales, and tips to Queens in advance and at the event.
“We are very grateful to Old National Bank for choosing to support us with this event,” said Donna Elbrecht, Easterseals Arc president and CEO. “The money raised exceeded our expectations again, and the opportunity to share our mission with nearly 1,000 people is priceless.”
Culinary Queens originated five years ago in Old National’s Terre Haute market as a community response to Old National’s first fundraising endeavor, 100 Men Who Cook.
“Old National Bank is committed to helping the Fort Wayne community thrive,” said Dan Doan, Old National Bank Regional CEO. “Supporting Easterseals Arc through Culinary Queens allows us to not only provide financial resources for their mission, but also to help them build awareness for the many ways in which people with disabilities can and do contribute to our community.”
Tracy Jones, a participant in Easterseals Arc’s Transitions program, was crowned as top fundraiser. Jones said she chose to be a Queen to show that people with disabilities can achieve their goals and be whatever they want to be.
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