Local nonprofit in search of cooks for fundraiser

HARLINGEN — Whether you’re in search of a place to showcase gourmet recipes or just want to help a good cause, an upcoming competition may be just what you’re looking for.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is gearing up for its third annual Men Who Cook fundraiser, and they’re in search of their next set of grill masters.

From fajitas to ribs, participants will be able to enter a variety of their best barbecue dishes in the competition, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House in Harlingen.

Throughout the event, attendees and guest judges will vote for their favorite teams and dishes.

Each team will be competing for three recognition awards — the Foodie’s Choice Award, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Award and the People’s Choice Award.

According to Ronald McDonald personnel, the goal is to recruit 20 competing teams.

Each team will be asked to assist with selling $30 admission tickets to the event and help raise funds through sponsorships.

All proceeds raised from the event will support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the RGV’s efforts to provide a home away from home for families with critically ill children receiving medical treatment in Valley hospitals.

The need for funds

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the RGV operates on a daily basis to provide families a place to stay while their hospitalized children are being diagnosed and treated for their illnesses.

According to the nonprofit’s website, the budgeted expenses for the Ronald McDonald House in Harlingen is approximately $400,000 annually.

The one-story, 8,000-square-foot house includes six bedrooms with a private bathroom and telephone, a living room, dining room, laundry room, quiet room, family game room, kitchen, fenced backyard, and a large pantry.

The fundraiser’s impact

Mariano “Bean” Ayala, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the RGV Executive Director, said Men Who Cook is the nonprofit’s second largest fundraiser, behind their annual Wild Game Feast fundraiser.

“In addition to providing a fun, relaxing evening for the community, we love the Men Who Cook fundraiser because it helps a lot,” Ayala said. “It continues funding us, and that’s the important thing, that we still have funding available.”

To sponsor or compete in the cook-off, contact Ronald McDonald House in Harlingen at (956) 412-7200.

IF YOU GO

WHAT — 3rd annual Men Who Cook fundraiser

WHEN — Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE — Ronald McDonald House Charities RGV, 1720 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen

To sponsor or compete in the cook-off, contact Ronald McDonald House in Harlingen at (956) 412-7200.