The Cristian Rivera Foundation, along with Committee Member and Celebrity Chef Ricardo Cardona, donated an event package that was auctioned at the Mikey Czech Foundation’s annual fundraiser gala, “Moms for Mikey,” on Saturday November 19, 2011 at The Woodway Country Club, Darien, CT.
Robert and Dana MacNaughton bid a winning $7,500 for Chef Cardona to personally cater a meal for 8 people, including food, liquor and servers. They invited three couples over a delicious meal of miso sea bass, churrasco and traditional steak accompanied by lobster salad. For dessert, Chef Cardona impressed the guests with chocolate cake, apple empanadas and flan. “The dinner was phenomenal and unbelievably delicious,” said Mrs. MacNaughton, who noted that while she and her husband have visited some of the best restaurants in the world, they were absolutely stunned by Chef Ricardo Cardona’s amazing recipes. “Everybody called back next day and complemented the food and expressed their gratitude for such a delicious dinner.”
This was Mr. MacNaughton’s second year attending the event and the first for his wife. Though they don’t personally know a child with DIPG, the MacNaughton’s 4 ½-year-old son Stewart was diagnosed with Medullo Blastoma two years ago. They feel that children with cancer don’t receive enough funding for treatment and wanted to help with their generous $7,500 bid.
“It was a very unique, almost one in a lifetime opportunity,” said Mrs. MacNaughton. “If the same prize is offered again next year, I would do it again and definitely recommend it to everybody.”