Men Who Cook Attendees Danced The Night Away

And exceeded the goal for the fundraiser!

Rosenberg, Tx…L.E.A.F. (Lamar Educational Awards Foundation) held its 2022, Men Who Cook fundraiser Saturday night at the Safari Texas- Infinity Ballroom. While attendees enjoyed the musical talents of Ken Mondshine and the Brotherhood Band, everyone ate their way through the culinary creations of Lamar Consolidated Independent School District’s  community and district staff.

The live auction netted over $20,000 and the silent auction helped boost the total raised at this time to more than $115,000. Since Men Who Cook is one of L.E.A.F.’s major fundraisers, its success depends on the wonderful community members who so graciously volunteer their time to prepare their favorite dishes and to the sponsors of the event. This year, L.E.A.F. would like to thank its sponsors:

Executive Chef: First Financial Group of America

Sous Chefs: Kay Danziger

Banfield Family (In Memory of Neil & Carolyn Banfield)

Rice & Gardner Consultants Incorporated
Station Chefs: Bracewell

Drymalla Construction



Houston Methodist Sugar Land


J.W. Roberts Co.



Rogers, Morris & Grover

Salas O’Brien

Si Environmental

Texas Air Systems


Prep Cooks: AGǀCM

Beverly Richard

BOK Financial

Dally + Associates

Davis Greenlawn


Family Connect & Devine Family

Hartmann Properties

ImageNet Consulting


Paul  Janice Knight


Safari Texas

United Healthcare

A competition was added this year, the attendees were given two chips to vote for their best savory and best sweet bites. The competition included 59 cooks. The winner of the Sweet Bite  of the Night was Gary Vincek, and the Savory Bite of the Night winner was Tom Hebert.

During the evening, former Executive Director Janice Knight was recognized for her 20 years of leadership for L.E.A.F.

“L.E.A.F. has been hit hard by Covid-19 and having such a successful 2022 Men Who Cook draw the same excitement and enthusiasm from the community as it has in years past, bring us immense joy. Having exceeded our $100,000 goal will help the foundation return to a level of grant giving that our teachers and students deserve. We could not have done it without you!” stated Charles A. “Chip” Sutton, President of the L.E.A.F. Board of Directors.

L.E.A.F.’s Board of Directors, wants to thank you for your continued partnership in making a difference in the educational opportunities for the students and teachers of Lamar CISD. If you are interested in donating, it is not too late, log onto: For questions please contact April Nemec at or 832.223.0334.

Photos: Dr. Theodore Niven and Cooks

Executive Chef Sponsor – First Financial Group of America

Janice Knight (former L.E.A.F. Executive Direcor and Charles A. “Chip” Sutton – L.E.A.F. President

Men Who Cook Dancing the Night Away

Tom Hebert – Winner of the Savory Award