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Cheers! to Brenner Children's

Cheers celebration

Presented by
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty

The 15th Annual Cheers! to Brenner Children’s will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at The Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, from 7 - 10 pm. Funds raised at this year's event benefit the Dale and Karen Sisel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brenner Children's.

Ticket Price: $100 per person
Click to purchase tickets or become a sponsor!

Cheers! features Battle of the White Coats Cooking Competition, delicious food from area restaurants, wine, local craft beer and spirits, exciting live auction items, a paddle raise and much more!

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Pastry Chef, Jordan Pilarski, of Food Network fame is joining us again this year! Jordan will be providing us with one a one-of-a-kind gingerbread creation inspired by The Nutcracker for the live auction, and will be one of our distinguished judges for Battle of the White Coats, alongside Michael Hastings, Food Editor for the Winston-Salem Journal, Joey Skelton, MD, Executive Director of Brenner FIT and Lora Songster, 99.5 WMAG On-air Personality.


We have three teams competing in this year's Battle of the White Coats, each with one of Winston-Salem's finest chefs and a member of the executive leadership from Brenner Children's at Wake Forest Baptist Health. 

Team Claire
Restaurateur Claire Calvin
The Porch Kitchen and Cantina, Alma Mexicana and Canteen Market and Bistro
Alisa Starbuck, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC
President, Brenner Children's
Vice President, Women's and Children's Health Services

Team Travis
Executive Chef Travis Myers 
Winner 2018 Chef of the Year from the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association
Tom Pranikoff, MD, FACS
Surgeon-in-Chief, Brenner Children's
Co-Executive Director, Pediatric Service Line
Professor, Surgical Services - Pediatrics

Team Peyton
Chef Peyton Smith
Mission Pizza Napoletana
 Allison McBride, MD
Co-Executive Director, Pediatric Service Line
Interim Chair, Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Pediatrics   

Cheers women celebrating

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Berkshire Hathaway Logo

Epicurean Sponsor
National General Logo

Grand Reserve Sponsors

Sommelier Sponsors
Applied Engineering
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Brenner
Marzano Capital Group
Tina S. Merhoff & Associates Pediatric Dentistry

Connoisseur Sponsors
Ms. Frances Brenner
Herman Miller
North State Environmental, Inc. 
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Rodgers Builders
Salem Investment Counselors
Shugart Enterprises, LLC
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Enthusiast Sponsors
Bayada Pediatrics
Blanco Tackabery
Mr. and Mrs. W. Kendall Chalk
CBI Workplace Solutions
First Reliance Bank
Home Real Estate Company, Inc.
Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn
LMI Builders
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP
Dr. Allison McBride and Mr. Ed McBride
Oppenheimer & Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Rothrock
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Schindler
Salem Smiles Orthodontics
Shamrock Environmental Corporation
Trust Company of the South
Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. S. Waugh Jr.

Culinary Sponsors
Alfred Williams and Company
Behavioral Services, Inc.
Bonitz Flooring Group
Crouch Joslyn PLLC
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk S. Figan
DARRAN Furniture
DevCon Resources
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Heelan
HKS Hardware & Hollow Metal, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. David D. Hurd
Inpro Corporation
Lawrence Companies
NK Patent Law
Parrish Tire
Patterson Pope
The Phoenix Agency of NC
Pike Electric, LLC
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Pranikoff
RE Innovative Workspaces
Steelcase, Inc.
Surry Chemicals, Inc.
TW Garner Food Company
Wildfire, LLC

Special thanks to our Cheers! 2019 committee members!

Catherine and Matthew Hornaday, Co-chairs
Jean and Phil Waugh, Co-chairs

Mimi Bennett
Suzy Brown
Susan Conger
Hunter Douglas
Elizabeth Frost
Susan Gilmore
Anne Gooden
Elizabeth Hollan
Stewart Holmes
Lauren Jackson
Angie Koonin
Megan and Tom Lawson
Elizabeth Marley
Rebecca McNeely
Jason Neves
Margaret Pike
Jessie Quick
Meghann Robinson
Penny Rothrock
Christie Sheppard
Margaret Townsend
Alissa and Lyn Williams
Shannon Wilson

For information on becoming a sponsor, attending or volunteering at the event please contact Angela Carleton at 336-716-3908 or

  • Cheers!
  • Angela Carleton



  • Additional Information

    Mailing Address:
    Brenner Children's
    Office of Philanthropy
    PO Box 571021
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021