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A Look at Last Year’s Dish It Up

Thank you for making Dish It Up 2018 a tremendous success!

On March 28th, 2018, more than 350 supporters, advocates, and community members came together for the 10th anniversary edition of Dish It Up. Here are some highlights from this very special night:

  • Our Mistress of Ceremonies Melissa Magee of 6ABC kicked things off with a special interview on our Facebook page (watch it here).
  • Guests contributed messages of hope to survivors through an interactive art display painted during the event by artist Rachel Ladebu. The completed canvases are now being displayed prominently in our residences to empower survivors and their families.
  • Tucker Law Group's Joe H. Tucker, Jr. was honored as our Advocate of the Year.
  • Advocate William Spratley presented a moving film testimonial about his daughter Ameya, and how her death at the hands of a violent partner has inspired him to be a voice against violence (watch William's Story here).
  • Mary Lochary of The Rittenhouse took home the coveted Purple Dish Award, and Ruth Scott of Cupcakes by Ruth won the Purple Dessert Award.
  • Dish It Up 10 Honorary Chair Renee Amoore led an exciting Text to Pledge solicitation that raised nearly $30,000 on the spot for Women Against Abuse's work.

We're so grateful to everyone who celebrated 10 years of Dish It Up with us, and we encourage our advocates and supporters to join us for the 11th Annual Dish It Up in 2019!

2018 Chef Competitors

  • Kathleen Albano, Cescaphe Event Group
  • Kiki Aranita, Poi Dog Philly
  • Meridith Coyle, Aneu Catering and Events
  • Rebecca Foxman, Fox & Son
  • Jenn Grosskruger, Ocean Prime
  • Shannon Johnson, Sodexo at Lions Gate
  • Beth Kaufman Strauss, Grateful Plate
  • Alice Leung, Soy Café
  • Mary Lochary, Rittenhouse Hotel
  • Christina Martin, Cooking to Nourish
  • Rasa Stirbys Benefico, Birchtree Catering
  • Yasi Sapp, Jet Wine Bar
  • Jamie Wolf, The Continental

2018 Dessert Chef Competitors

  • Diana Anello, Bredenbeck's Bakery
  • Abigail Dahan, Parc
  • Lindsay Meehan, Red Owl Tavern
  • Maria Newberry, Traub's Bakery
  • Ruth Scott, Cupcakes by Ruth
  • Marie Stecher, Restaurant School of Walnut Hill
  • Diana Wolkow, The City Tavern
     

Dish It Up Host: Melissa Magee, 6 abc

6abc provided live coverage of the event, and 6abc meteorologist Melissa Magee was our host! Melissa Magee joined the Action News team in 2009, and is currently the weekend meteorologist for Action News at 6pm, 11pm, as well as Action News at 10pm on PHL-17. She came to 6abc from WNYW in New York, where she presented the weather for the station’s midday newscast. Melissa also anchored the weather for the Good Day New York morning show, as well as the evening newscasts. In addition to her weather responsibilities, Melissa served as a feature reporter and created and produced original digital content for the station’s web site.

2018 Advocate of the Year Honoree: Joe H. Tucker, Jr.

The Dish It Up Advocate of the Year award honors a person(s) who demonstrates extraordinary leadership for efforts to prevent domestic violence and promote safety for women in Philadelphia. Women Against Abuse is pleased to recognize Joe H. Tucker, Jr. for his tireless support – not only of this organization and the survivors we support – but for victims and survivors in all realms who would otherwise be without a voice.

Mr. Tucker is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tucker Law Group focused on complex civil litigation matters, and is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers. Mr. Tucker has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the state’s top attorneys (2005-2016) and is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Tucker is active in Bar Association activities. He has served as President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia; is Master of the Bench of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court; and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, United States Supreme Court Historical Society and National Bar Association.

Mr. Tucker has a long-standing commitment to the community and public service. Mr. Tucker has served on many non-profit boards including Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Support Center for Child Advocates, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Independence Region. He is deeply committed to empowering women within his firm, who are represented at all levels of leadership.

Mr. Tucker has received numerous awards and accolades, including: the Support Center for Child Advocates’ 40 for 40 Friends Award; Spectrum Health Services’ 50 Community Gems Award; the Temple University Alumni Association’s Impact Award; the Black Law Students’ Association Cecil B. Moore Award; and 6abc’s African American Businessman Making a Difference in the Community Award.

2018 Honorary Chair: Renee Amoore

“Now more than ever, we must take a stand against relational violence and lead with our giving.” –Renee Amoore

Reneé Amoore, founder and president of The Amoore Group, Inc., is an entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, author, and political advisor.

Amoore created Amoore Health Systems, Inc. (AHS), in 1996 a company designed to contribute significantly to the improved delivery, service, and quality of healthcare in the United States. AHS has taken its mission abroad with the implementation of progressive health programs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999, Amoore expanded her enterprise with the creation of 521 Management, Inc., which has grown to become one of Pennsylvania’s premier strategic communications firms. By 1999, Ramsey Educational Development Institute, Inc. (REDI) was on the scene. A non-profit agency, REDI provides a variety of services to children and adults throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, including job readiness, social survival skills, and early intervention services for children.

An energetic and inspiring leader, Amoore has spent much of her adult years serving on numerous professional and community organizations. She became the first African American ever elected to the Upper Merion School District, serving as the board’s vice president for four years.

Because of her ability to motivate an audience with stirring and lively speeches, Amoore is often in demand to appear on television and radio, sharing her insight on politics, economy, the state of healthcare, and women’s issues. Amoore was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, and made history in 2004 when she became the first female and African American ever to chair a Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican National Convention.

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