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Cooking competition to benefit center
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Posted: 2012 Aug 31 - 00:46

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INDIAN RIVER - The Homeless Family Center announces chef coordinator and chairs for Vero's Top Chef challenge event

The leadership team for the fifth annual Vero's Top Chef challenge competition will be held on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25. The event will continue with its theme, "It's All about the Food and the Families" focusing on raising funds for the families residing at the center.

Caroline Collins, co-chairwoman and Top Chef committee member for the past two years is a native of western Massachusetts. She lived in South Florida for 10 years before moving to Vero Beach in 2011.

In addition to having several businesses of her own, Ms. Collins has worked in many large and small companies, most recently for Vero Beach Polo and Facial Rejuvenation. She was also involved in fundraising events and is a supporter of Salvation Army.

Angela Morgan, co-chairwoman and returning Top Chef committee member arrived in Vero Beach from Atlanta 18 years ago. Since moving here, Ms. Morgan has worked in the health and wellness field. A personal trainer and post-rehab conditioning specialist, Ms. Morgan's other passion is giving back to her community.

An avid volunteer, she has assisted the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Heritage Center, the Environmental Learning Center and the Homeless Family Center.

Chef coordinator is Chef Andrew Keller, executive chef at The Club at Pointe West, venue sponsor and 2011 Top Chef champion.

Chef Keller has been involved with Top Chef since its inception in 2009 and has 31 years of culinary experience. He will be bringing together chefs from local restaurants, clubs and caterers who will be participating in this challenge event.

The Homeless Family Center is a nonprofit organization committed to changing lives one family at a time.

The center, which provides emergency and transitional shelter for homeless families from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties, is a partner agency of the United Way, Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council and the Indian River County Children's Services Advisory Committee.

For more information about the Homeless Family Center, stop by for a Wednesday walk tour every Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. or visit www.HomelessFamilyCenter.com.

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