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McGladrey Culinary Challenge for Charity Raises More Than - $60,000 for Boston Area Nonprofits

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More than 700 attendees vote to award Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and The Genesis Fund additional donations from the McGladrey Foundation

BOSTON (December 9, 2010) — The McGladrey Culinary Challenge for Charity, which paired seven charitable organizations with renowned Boston-area chefs and media personalities as celebrity “Sous-chefs,” announced today that the event raised more than $60,000 in support of local community-based projects.

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries will receive an additional $7,500 from McGladrey and the McGladrey Foundation as its team — which included Janet Wu of WHDH-TV 7 NEWS and Chris Damian of Legendary Restaurant Group — was voted the winner of a friendly competition during the celebratory evening of community, charity and clients hosted by McGladrey on December 7. The Genesis Fund — which included Natalie Jacobson, retired anchor on WCVB-TV Channel 5 and Towne’s Lydia Shire — will receive an additional $2,500 for second place.

Caturano and Company — which now operates under the McGladrey brand following the firm’s acquisition earlier this year by RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen — has a long history of giving back to the community. Each year, the McGladrey Foundation (formerly the Caturano and Company Foundation) raises more than $200,000 to support local causes.

“The McGladrey Culinary Challenge for Charity provided us with an opportunity to show our appreciation to our clients for their partnership, while demonstrating our understanding and support of the needs of the Boston-area community,” said Richard J. Caturano, the firm’s Boston office managing partner and former head of Caturano and Company. “It’s a privilege to be able to support such worthy organizations.”

As a result of the Culinary Challenge and proceeds from the evening’s donations, a total of $15,000 will be donated to Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and a total of $10,000 for second place will be donated to The Genesis Fund. $7,500 will be donated to each of the additional participating charitable organizations:

  • Boys &;; Girls Clubs of Boston, supported by Athena Yang, Forays of a Finance Foodie, and Dante deMagistris from Restaurant dante
  • The Jewish National Fund, supported by Donna Garlough, Boston Magazine,and Neptune Oyster’s Jeff Nace
  • The Lenny Zakim Fund, supported by Jordan Rich, WBZ News Radio 1030, and Jason Santos, Gargoyles on the Square
  • Boston Police Activities League, supported by Billy Costa from NECN’s TV Diner and Kiss 108 FM’s Matty in the Morning, and Prezza’s Anthony Caturano
  • Special Olympics, supported by Dave Kartunen, WHDH-TV 7 NEWS, and Frank McClelland, L’Espalier

The event was attended by more than 700 guests, including Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Eastern Bank President Bob Rivers, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston President and CEO Josh Kraft, RSM McGladrey President C.E. Andrews and RSM McGladrey Managing Director Johnnie James.

“We are proud of the way that our Boston-area employees, like the rest of our 7,000 employees across the nation, truly understand the needs of our clients and of their local communities,” said Andrews. “Through that understanding, our employees are able to bring extraordinary value to our professional relationships as well as the communities in which we work and live.”

About McGladrey
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About the McGladrey Foundation
The McGladrey Foundation gives RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen employees a unique opportunity to work as a team, to share their time and to support the communities in which they live and work. The Foundation is completely managed by the firms’ employees, who elect to support charitable organizations and social causes that are important to them. The foundation, formerly named Caturano and Company Foundation, is primarily funded by employee contributions. Through fundraising initiatives and employee-run events, the foundation raises more than $200,000 each year to support community-based projects and charitable organizations in the New England area.