Unique Celebrity Chef and Art Event Benefits DC’s Homeless Neighbors


Central Union Mission



October 25, 2016

Contact: Deborah Chambers

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Outreach

Cell: 202-534-9965


Unique Celebrity Chef and Art Event

Benefits  DC’s Homeless Neighbors


Washington, DC  – On Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Central Union Mission will host its second annual HeArt & Sole event with a goal of providing one million meals for hungry, hurting and homeless neighbors through the winter.  At Dock5 at Union Market, Hell’s Kitchen celebrity Chef Rock Harper and 30 of his chef friends will be cooking gourmet tastes inspired by their favorite “sole.”

Chef Rock and Sunni
Sunni acts as sous chef for Chef Rock Harper

Last year’s HeArt & Sole

SugaChef Padua Player is presenting the Extreme Sweets Showcase, a good-natured contest between two young Food Network stars Alex Portis and Matthew Merril.  Other special guests include radio host Sunni of “Sunni in the City,” Real Housewives of Potomac star Robyn Dixon, ABC7’s Michelle Marsh and former NBA star and activist Etan Thomas.

Besides creative tasting plates and signature cocktails, guests will enjoy live music by Buzzard Point Caucus, live paintings created on site by fine artists and live and silent auctions featuring exclusive gifts and experiences, including tickets to Hamilton.

Each ticket purchased will help reach the Mission’s goal of feeding and caring for one million souls this winter. Last year, over 400 people attended wearing their favorite “soles” while donating money to help with their neighbors in need.

Media is invited to attend. RSVP requested.

The HeArt & Sole Honorary Host Committee consists of:


  • Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
  • United States Senator Dan Coats (R-IA)
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Former White House Secretary Jay Carney
  • Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, Dr. Willie Jolley
  • Good Morning America Senior National Correspondent Claire Shipman
  • Retired NBA Player and Activist Athlete Etan Thomas
  • Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac Robyn Dixon


The event will also feature Celebrity Chefs:


  • Chef Rock Harper, Rock Solid Creative Food Group and Hell’s Kitchen Season 3 Champion
  • Executive Chef Jerome Grant, Sweet Home Café, National Museum of the African American History and Culture
  • Pastry Chef Padua Player, SugaChef Desserts
  • Chef Timothy Dean, TD Burger and a Bravo Top Chef
  • Chef Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Chef Huda, Pretty and Delicious and Winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen


Sponsors include:

  • Comcast NBC Universal
  • Pepsi
  • Twitter
  • Starbucks
  • WAVA 105.1
  • And many more…


To attend and learn more about all of the participating chefs, hosts, and local celebrities click here.

Please contact Deborah Chambers at 202-534-9965 cell or dchambers@missiondc.org to coordinate interviews or receive media entrance.

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Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In addition to its emergency shelter program, the Mission operates a rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children and a ministry to families and senior citizens.  For additional information, contact Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Deborah Chambers at cell: 202-534-9965, or visit www.missiondc.org.
Charity Navigator awarded Central Union Mission four out of a possible four stars, which indicates that Central Union MCharity Navigator Four Star Charityission adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.   Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.



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