The “100 Men Who Cook” black tie gala was established in 1984 by the regional director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Vivian Kerr. The yearly signature event coincided with UNCF’s annual telethon to raise funds for scholarships for students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). The highly recognized slogan from the early 1990’s, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” still resonates with the organizers today.
In 2004, after community encouragement to resurrect the highly successful fundraising celebration, Charles “Chuck” Moss, organized a committee to host the event. For several years, the affair was held under the umbrella of a local non-profit.
In 2012, the request was once again made to bring back this dynamic fundraiser. Chuck sought the support from colleagues he had worked with on other projects. He called on Norma Paige, who just happened to be the sister of Vivian Kerr, founder of the original 100 Men Who Cook. Consequently, they were granted permission to use the name, “100 Men Who Cook,” and moved forward recruiting members for the team.
Since its inception, the 100 Men Who Cook has been a premier black-tie gala, managed and staffed only by volunteers; many, whom have been with the gala since the mid 1980’s.
The 100 Men Who Cook has a solid reputation of being an elegant affair. The fact that this fundraiser is enjoyed by all attendees is just one reason for always presenting a “sold-out” event. Financial support is from ticket sales, sponsorships, table sales, souvenir program advertisement, and a silent auction/casino.
In 2013, the newly formed 100 Men Who Cook, Inc. established as a Colorado non-profit organization with the following mission: The 100 Men Who Cook, Inc. is dedicated to supporting Denver’s youth by helping grassroots community nonprofit organizations that have a proven track record of making a positive and significant impact on youth in the community by raising operating capital to sustain their goals and objectives.
Your donations will benefit three worthy grassroots organizations that have been selected based on the following criteria: Organizations with a mission that focuses on the education, support, and development of youth and their families.
- Based in the state of Colorado
- Minimum of 3 years proven operation
- Provide four (4) letters of recommendation for financial support
- Provide brief description of how financial support will impact the goals of the organization
Our primary beneficiaries this year are the Jazz C.A.F.E., Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc., and Boys Day. Additionally, we support the activities of various community organizations that align with our mission throughout the year.
Donor support provides The 100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Fundraiser much needed resources to several local community organizations.
Our 2018 Beneficiaries
The Jazz C.A.F.E.
Amazing things happen when you bring together passionate committed people united in a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. That is the root and foundation of the Jazz CAFÉ. They have been Cultivating a Future of Excellence while expanding the vision of the program designed to promote excellence in students through music and leadership development.
Boys Day was founded in the summer of 2014 by Morrise Luckey, President of JCJ National Security Firm Inc. During our inaugural year, Boys Day successfully partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Denver Parks and Recreation to provide an opportunity to introduce inner-city boys enrolled in our program to wildlife and outdoor experiences right in their back yards.
(CBI/CCI) was established as a multi-cultural all-inclusive mentoring and recognition program designed to expose Colorado’s high school juniors and seniors to personal development experiences, cultural/social development activities and recognize unsung youth from various communities. The CO Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. seeks to enhance high school juniors and seniors.