FYBLF Annual Gala Press Release

Fill Your Bucket List Foundation








MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Fill Your Bucket List Foundation is featuring a cook-off between premier local chefs at their upcoming fundraiser, the Bucket Bash. Four chefs will compete to create their best appetizer using one common ingredient and attendees will vote to determine the winner. Participants include Mitch Samples, chef instructor and purchasing manager at The Chef’s Academy; Eddie Wilson, executive chef at NC State’s Tally Student Union; Eric Gephart, chief culinary officer at Kamado Grille; and Ron Salerno, food and beverage director at Concord Hospitality Enterprises. The Chef’s Academy will also prepare an incredible multi-station dinner filled with their best recipes.

Tickets are on sale now for the charity event, which will take place Saturday, April 23 from 6-10 p.m. at The Chef’s Academy Campus, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd., Morrisville, North Carolina. Currently sponsored by top supporters Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and Geico of Raleigh, the Bucket Bash will also include dancing, drinks and an auction.

Additionally, a bucket list tree will give guests an opportunity to sponsor part of a wish for a cancer patient in need, such as swimming with the dolphins, a special museum tour or a sunset dinner.

Proceeds from the event will fund more wishes in 2016. Sponsorship opportunities for the Bucket Bash are still available and tickets are on sale for $75. To donate or get involved with the Foundation, visit http://www.fillyourbucketlistfoundation.org.

The Foundation supports adults fighting cancer by making a lifelong dream come true. Anyone over 18 may be nominated by doctors, nurses, caregivers, family or friends to receive a wish. Priority is given to patients residing in North Carolina whose household income falls below the national poverty line.

Since its inception in late 2014, the Foundation has granted 15 wishes. 2016 wishes granted thus far include sending a woman to a family reunion in Vermont and two young men to attend the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Houston, TX. It also provided a young man in recovery from a brain tumor the opportunity to see his Carolina Panthers play on sports’ biggest stage at Super Bowl 50. Bucket Bash guests will have an opportunity to meet wish recipients and their families.


About the Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities by providing innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.8 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation 

The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to help reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease.

For more information about the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, please visit www.bms.com/foundation or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bmsnews.

Geico of Raleigh

Frank Fortunato has been serving the Raleigh area as a Geico insurance agent since 2006. In addition to the Research Triangle, Raleigh has a large population working for the state and federal government, as well as the National Guard, so he specializes in finding the right discounts for individual insurance needs.

About Fill Your Bucket List Foundation 

Fill Your Bucket List Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to support adults with cancer by making a lifelong dream come true. Similar to wish-granting organizations for children, Fill Your Bucket List Foundation grants adults with cancer the financial support to create lasting memories with the people they love. The Foundation takes care of all the details so patients can relax and focus solely on enjoying their experience.

For more information on Fill Your Bucket List Foundation or to nominate a wish recipient, please visit http://www.fillyourbucketlistfoundation.org/.