Cooking for a Cause!

Saturday, October 1, 2022
6:30 pm

On October 1st at the Wichita Marriott, The Pando Initiative, and members of our community will gather for a night of FOOD, FUN & Raising Funds for PandoKids! Now in its 6th year, this “Cooking for a Cause” event will enlist local chefs who will serve up their favorite dishes and compete for TOP CHEF Honors. Guests will enjoy sampling our chefs “signature dishes” and have the opportunity to “tip” their favorites. Leading up to the event, supporters will learn more about our chefs through “Chef Shout Outs” on our website and social media. There they will learn more about them, what they are preparing and why THEY support Pando. You will have the chance to help them get on the leaderboard by tipping them online!


Prior to the LIVE event, guests and community supporters can bid on staycations, foodie experiences, pampering packages, wine gift baskets and more in our silent auction! At Cooking for a Cause, guests can bid on our Premiere LIVE Auction Items that have included trips, original art, exclusive tours and experiences. Is there a dish at the event that you would love to share with others? Many of our chefs generously donate their time and talents to auction off a meal to deliver to you and our guests at a date that works for you!


Our vision is to ensure every student in our community graduates, ready for their next stage. You can help us to further our reach within the community during our “Last Hero Standing” segment of the event. With your support, we can add a new school to our Pando family, and expand our financial literacy program, Reality U! Reality U gives middle and high school students to imagine their life as a 26-year-old, in an interactive program that allows them to face real life scenarios such as mortgage payments, student loans and childcare expenses. The student’s GPA is directly correlated to their credit score and occupation. Through this experience, students learn that the work that they put into school now matters.


Help The Pando Initiative impact more students through programs, outreach, and support. Join us for the 6th Annual Fundraiser, Cooking for a Cause. Interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, Host Couple, or Chef for this fun and interactive event? Contact Penny Olsen at to learn more!


Purchase all tickets and sponsor tables here!


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