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REAL MEN COOK ON FATHER’S DAY

4/12/2017, noon | Updated on 4/12/2017, noon

REAL MEN COOK ON FATHER’S DAY

Real Men Cook -- Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event - will build on the success of the 2016 multiple-location format by hosting the event at the same citywide and suburban sites this year and by adding more venues. These individual celebrations are hosted by agencies and entities committed to the Real Men Charities, Inc. mission, to build healthy

families and communities. Now in its 28th year, Real Men Cook will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18 from 3PM to 6PM. In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, executive director of Real Men Cook, the presenting nonprofit, stated that pivoting from the original concept

of hosting the celebration at one site and expanding it in 2016 was a platform they were unsure the public would accept.

However, the reception to hosting Real Men Cook at various sites in diverse neighborhoods was so overwhelmingly positive that every site will return in 2017 to host. Inspired by this success, other outlets/ organizations have requested to be included.

Once vetted to see if their missions support Real Men Cook, they expect more sites to be

added to the roster.

“We are delighted that the new format was embraced. We will build on the success, thanks to the positive responses,” Rael Jackson, long-time Real Men Cook director, declared.

Jackson added that the multi-location celebration allowed Real Men Cook to involve many more men from di•erent communities, thereby broadening the message, reaching and involving more

men while maintaining the Father’s Day tradition.

At the same time, each hosting location incorporates their own style and traditions into their celebrations. They will also determine entry fees.

Explained Cartman, “All my life these men of Real Men Cook have devoted countless volunteer hours and resources to cook their favorite dishes and serve. This new format allows them to serve thecommunity most dear to them. The overarching goal is to influence young men to serve and grow their families and communities throughout the year.”

Cartman revealed that a popular feature will be added to this year’s celebrations. “As an organization, we’ve only recognized one Father of the Year and that was our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

This year each site will honor a Father or Father/Son team who live up to the spirit of Real Men Cook, and incorporate the administration’s Fatherhood Pledge in the recognition.”

The events will continue an added Real Men Charities, Inc. tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children. Accordingly, in addition to traditional celebration dishes to sample, each locale will o•er men serving healthy foods, and broadcasting the message that every day food selections can help to prevent disease.

Cartman believes the newly-revamped event represents the continuation of a broader Movement. “Life is about change,” he declared, “and localizing and expanding the event’s reach is a way of keeping the healthy families, good men Movement vibrant and engaging every segment of our community. We are encouraged and humbled that there was such an outpouring of love to the new format and are heartened that the same locations will return. This is proof of the success and growing success of this model, and the response from young dads and new men interested in being among our volunteer cooks has been more than encouraging.”