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Proceeds will support nutrition programs for clients and residents living with HIV/AIDS

SEATTLE, Wash. - (Jan. 20, 2010) — On Sunday, Jan. 17, more than 300 community and corporate leaders gathered for an exclusive, multi-course Chefs' Dinner, to benefit Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled nursing facility operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center that cares for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases. An additional 150 guests participated in the hors d'oeuvres reception and silent wine auction.

The event raised record-breaking funds of $304,000, making it the most successful Chefs' Dinner to date. The increase was due to the tremendous generosity of host Bell Harbor International Conference Center and Columbia Hospitality; all 13 chefs who donated their time, talents and food to the cause; and to the hundreds of participants and volunteers who opened their hearts and pocketbooks to Bailey-Boushay House. Emcee for the evening was media personality Dick Foley and the event presenter was Safeco Insurance Foundation.

"Year after year, supporters of Chefs' Dinner amaze us with their generosity and willingness to give larger gifts to Bailey-Boushay House. This year far exceeded even in our best hopes," said Brian Knowles, executive director of Bailey-Boushay House. "We owe many thanks to these culinary masters for putting on such a wonderful celebration. Their continued support means hundreds of clients will get the nutrition and support they need."

This year's honoree was Betsy Lieberman, executive director of Building Changes, who was recognized for her vision and leadership in helping create Bailey-Boushay House. In 1988, Lieberman started AIDS Housing of Washington to build BBH. Since then she has spearheaded the planning and development of more than 160 units of supportive housing in the Seattle/King County area. Nationally, Lieberman seeks to raise public awareness about the value of supportive housing and the prevention of homelessness.

The appetizers and seven-course dinner were prepared by 13 celebrated area chefs, including chefs Daniel Molina of Bailey-Boushay House, Jay Bartelson of Bell Harbor, Mike Davis of Barrio, Jason Stratton of Cascina Spinasse, Dalis Chea of Fresh Bistro by Herban Feast, Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez of The Harvest Vine and Txori, Jason Bray of Ivar's, James Drohman of Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, Rich Coffey of Madison Park Cafe, Peter Birk of Ray's Boathouse, Adam Federoff of Rosebud Restaurant and Bar, and Craig Hetherington and Lucy Damkoehler of TASTE.

About Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center. For more information, visit Bailey-Boushay.org.

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