Chop Cancer - Supporting the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance

Our plate is full with gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of support for CHOP! Cancer 

CHOP! Cancer 2019 was an overwhelming success!  Cancer Survivors Park Alliance is so grateful for the support given to the CHOP! cast, crew, chefs and teams during the culinary competition Friday night, March 8th.   True teamwork pulled the night together and we exceeded our goals.   Congratulations to each chef for a night well done!  Everyone was a winner!   Check back soon for more details. 

Overall fundraising winner:   TAMMY BARBER

Overall team culinary winner - BLUE FLAME FOR CANCER 





Want a fun and unique way to help all those touched by cancer?

It's happening on Friday, March 8th at the Embassy Suites at Verdae. This amateur cooking competition, benefiting the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, will feature 18 local celebrities and Upstate community leaders battling away on the stage - set up like a kitchen - and help CHOP Cancer! Their culinary creations – featuring cancer-fighting ingredients - will be judged by professional chefs and well-known faces – and you get a say in who wins through online voting!

This evening is sure to be unique, memorable, and absolutely entertaining!

LOCATION for the evening:  Embassy Suites on Verdae Blvd., 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607.   NOTE - Parking is free

DRESS for the evening:  "snappy casual" - no coats, ties, or cocktail dresses required! Nice jeans are appropriate.

MENU for the evening:   The audience will have a specially prepared 3 course meal with a salad, entree and dessert.  You will eat your courses while the chefs simultaneously prepare their courses on stage for the judges.  The dessert this year is a surprise past CHOP! menu winner - healthy AND delicious. A full bar reception will be open during the evening with spirits, wine and non alcoholic beverages.

SCHEDULE for the evening:

6:00 p.m.    Cocktail reception sponsored by the Fred Collins Foundation
6:45 p.m.    Seating for dinner
7:00 p.m.    Welcome – Tom Bates, CSPA Board President & Kay Roper, CSPA Executive Director
7:05 p.m.    Invocation — Neil Cochran, Survivor, CHOP! Chef and retired Children's Chaplain

7:10 p.m.    Cast introduction
7:30 p.m.    Starter Course competition and judging
8:00 p.m.    Main Course competition and judging
8:45 p.m.    Live Auction
9:15 p.m.    Dessert Course competition and judging
9:40 p.m.    Tallying of votes
9:50 p.m.    Awards presentation

"Crowd Pleasers" will be available throughout the evening in the audience to help you engage with and support the chefs and answer any questions. 

CHEF TEAMS for the evening:



Team 1

Blue Flame for Cancer


Team 2

Crush Cancer


Team 3

A Salt On Cancer

Melissa Morrell

Heather Welch

Dr. Joanna "Asia" Grabska

Madina Cauthen

Kristen Welch

Jim Killion

Charles Brewer

Nick Carlson

Robert Tiffin

Tammy Barber

Mary Alice Ferguson

Chuck Floyd

Dr. Chip Wiper

Dr. Amanda "Mandy" Hathaway

Sarah Beattie

Dorothy Shain

Neil Cochran

Curt Hall

Clement's Kindness Ambassador:

Jack Williams

Clement's Kindness Ambassador:

Myleigh McDowell

Clement's Kindness Ambassador: 

Clara Lawrence


Why we are cooking…

In support of the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance (CSPA) and the Cancer Survivors Park (CSP).  CSPA is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way we live with cancer.  Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for collaborative activities that engage, educate, empower and enhance the lives of anyone touched by cancer and to ensure the sustainability of the CSP as the central venue for carrying out that mission.  CSP is the signature project of CSPA - a 6.8-acre park along the Swamp Rabbit Trail that will blend gathering spaces and natural walkways to provide a place of renewal and healing for anyone who visits. The park will include a pavilion, specialty gardens, and sculptural and educational elements along with numerous community programs. More information is available on the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance Web site.

How you can help…

1. First and foremost, vote! Vote for your favorite “chef” and help them climb the leaderboard BEFORE the cooking even begins. Each vote is only $10 – help us CHOP! Cancer by voting often.

2. Buy tickets to attend the event. Join us to watch our competitors do their thing! Enjoy dinner and cocktails while being thoroughly entertained by the battles in the kitchen. There will be special segments throughout the evening and a few surprises along the way so don’t miss it.

3. Sponsor CHOP! Cancer - there are a variety of ways to support the event through sponsorship.

4. Spread the word! Even if you can’t attend the event, you can make a difference by voting and by spreading the news. Please share this event through social media and include #CHOPCancerSC.

Questions? Call us at 864-255-5010 or email us today.

Take a look at a few photos from last year's event.