Arizona Celebs are Serving Up Hope for Abused Children with “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook And Fundraise”

Men, women, children & families come together for virtual event benefiting Childhelp

PHOENIX (June 9, 2020) — Comedian Bill Engvall, former Major League Baseball Player Mike Butcher, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, Flagstaff Mayoral Candidate Charlie Odegaard and a host of other Arizona heavy hitters are all teaming up to raise money for Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit fighting child abuse and neglect.

The Childhelp Phoenix and Flagstaff Chapters decided to move their legendary cookoff events to the virtual kitchen, with the reminder that social distancing cannot distance us from the social issue of child abuse during COVID-19. This health pandemic cannot become an abuse pandemic. 

Over the next two weeks, amateur chefs from around the state will be sharing their cooking tips, recipes and family stories while raising money for Childhelp.

Check out each chef’s progress and donate to their campaigns at The event runs June 9-23.

Last year, Childhelp provided services to more than 30,000 Arizona children and their families. Calls, texts and chats to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline spiked 31% after the COVID-19 pandemic began and have remained in the double digits. Children trapped at home with abusers are crying out for help. Just $5 funds a lifesaving call to the Hotline.

The more than 50 chefs are coming together to raise over raise over $50,000, which will help cover the cost of other cancelled fundraisers. Generous sponsors include Beus Gilbert McGroder, PLLC.

“We received a call to the hotline sharing that children in an apartment complex were stealing food. Neighbors thought they were misbehaving, but they were actually neglected, starving and desperate. Our chefs are cooking for children like this who are at risk during these difficult days,” says Childhelp Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and President Yvonne Fedderson.