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April 8: Local TV Personalities, Celebrity Chef Prepare To ‘Throw Down’ For Charity

Battle of the news stations – who is better? Cooking that is … channel WTKR vs. WVEC?

A charity event on Saturday, April 8, 2017 will produce the answer during an outdoor celebrity cook-off to support the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

Celebrity Chef J Ponder, media correspondent, Paula Beckett and the Jones Family along with Charmisey Events, are sponsoring the “Celebrity Chef Throw Down” from noon. – 4 p.m. on the property of a private estate. Ticket costs are $40 and $45 the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

Only one news team can dominate and bring home the title of BEST COOK! Teams will create several dishes using only ingredients provided in a mystery basket. Each team has a set amount of time to work their magic before the judges cast their votes. In addition, there will be live entertainment, a cash bar, silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres, so bring your appetite.

Beckett says, “This type of event has never been done before in Hampton Roads. I wanted to create an event that sustains and utilizes our local television media celebrities to make this event benefit our community.”

Confirmed personalities include, WTKR’s meteorologists, April Loveland, Dominic Brown, traffic reporter/co-anchor Kristen Crowley, WVEC’s anchor, Andre Senior, meteorologists Timothy Pandajis and Iisha Scott. Sponsors will announce special guest judges the day of the event.

“My vision was to build a dynamic team to bring my vision alive. So I partnered with celebrity Chef Jacoby Ponder and Shannon Gibson, Philanthropist and owner of Charmisey events to help me put together a wow factor event.”

Paula Beckett is a media correspondent who lives in the beautiful city of Virginia Beach, VA. She is an individual dedicated to positive change in her community. Beckett has been making a difference in the lives of others for 15 years. For more information on her cause please contact her at the number above or feel free to visit her website.

For silent auction and sponsorship opportunities, please email

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