The fourth annual Culinary Queens raised $151,600 to support Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana.
This year marked the second time the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to go virtual rather than featuring notable local women offering samples of their favorite recipes in person.
“We’re extremely grateful to our Queens and sponsors for supporting the virtual version of Culinary Queens again,” said Donna K. Elbrecht, Easterseals Arc president and CEO. “The funds raised through Culinary Queens each year help us provide essential services for people with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in our community.”
Participants in the 2021 Culinary Queens raised funds online by sharing a favorite recipe and competing for tips from donors using social media, email and personal outreach. Easterseals Arc and presenting sponsor Old National Bank celebrated the top three fundraisers with a crown presentation Monday:
- Jae McGee shared her recipe for Lasagna McGee and finished as top fundraiser by setting a record for highest ever online total for a Culinary Queen with $16,350.
- Elaine Bauer, of Umi, shared her recipe for Mom’s Ham Loaf and placed second with $15,730.24, a record for the most funds raised in just one week online
- Cindy Verduce shared her recipe for Bloody Mary Shrimp Dip and placed third with $6,775.
All funds raised through Culinary Queens provide operating support for Easterseals Arc services that help people with disabilities develop life skills for independence, pursue employment, and participate in community activities.