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Cheers! to Brenner Children's

The 14th annual Cheers! was held Friday, November 16, 2018 at The Millennium Center. Cheers! first began in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million for Brenner Children’s Hospital. This year, Cheers! raised more than $130,000 to support the campaign to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for our smallest patients. 

Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food provided by Alma Mexicana, Canteen Market and Bistro, Carmine’s Jonestown Italian Restaurant, Five Loaves Catering, Millennium Artisan, Providence Restaurant, River Birch Lodge, Roosters – A Noble Grille, The Porch Kitchen and Cantina, Village Juice and Village Tavern. Varietals of Josh Cellars wine were served to complement every menu item. Local craft beer was provided by Fiddlin’ Fish and Incendiary Brewing Co. 

In addition to celebrity chef appearances by Chef John Fleer and Pastry Chef Jordan Pilarski, the evening was headlined with the first-ever Battle of the White Coats Cooking Competition featuring the following teams and judges:

Team Chef's Coat - Chef, John Fleer \ Julie Ann Freischlag, MD \ Kevin High, MD
Team Lab Coat - Joey Skelton, MD \ Michael Lischke, Ed.D, MPH \ Sarah Martin, MD Class of 2020 \ Harper Wilson, MD Class of 2020
Judges - Pastry Chef, Jordan Pilarski \ 99.5 On-air Personality, Lora Songster \ Food Editor, Winston-Salem Journal, Michael Hastings

Once the aroma of sweet potatoes and bourbon subsided, Team Chef’s Coat emerged victorious with their Candied Shallot-Sweet Potato Crusted Sea Scallop with Sweet Potato-Ginger Sauce edging out Team Lab Coat with their Redneck Napoleon with Elle May’s Sassy Sauce.

The evening continued with a successful live auction filled with trips, dining experiences, wine and artwork, followed by a paddle raise, desserts and more socializing – a perfect kick-off to the holiday season!

Click here for the Battle of the White Coats recipes as well as other favorite recipes of John Fleer, Jordan Pilarski and Dr. Joey Skelton.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Grand Reserve Sponsor

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty

Sommelier Sponsor
Image Wizards / Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Brenner
Kaplan Early Company
Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem

Connoisseur Sponsor
Blanco Tackabery 
North State Environmental
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Mr. and Mrs. Earl F. Wall 

Enthusiast Sponsor
Bayada Pediatrics
Mr. and Mrs. John Boisture
Ms. Frances Brenner
Mr. and Mrs. Kendall W. Chalk
Delta Dental of North Carolina
Mr. and Mrs. F. Borden Hanes Jr.
Dr. Shannon G. Hanson and Mr. William R. Hanson
Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hollan
Dr. and Mrs. David D. Hurd
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Kissick
Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn
Marzano Asset Management
NK Patent Law, PLLC
Dr. and Mrs. Gary G. Poehling
River's Edge Design 
Salem Smiles
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Schindler
Shugart Enterprises
Mr. and Mrs. David G. Townsend
Wildfire Marketing
Mr. and Mrs. Terry G. Williams

We would like to extend a special thank you to the event chairs for 2018, Shelley and David Holden and Kate and Tim Cooper, along with their committee who worked diligently to insure the success of this year's Cheers! to Brenner Children's. 

Cheers! to Brenner Children's
November 15, 2019
The Millennium Center

Please check back regularly for updated information! For information on becoming a sponsor, participant or contributor, click HERE or contact Angela Carleton at 336-716-3908 or






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      • Additional Information

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