To prepare this delicious recipe for a record-setting fundraiser, first gather a dozen extremely talented chefs from around the tri-state area. Add a large helping of corporate sponsors such as Spahn & Rose. Generously blend in several hundred attendees. Finally, top with a deeply moving inspirational speaker—and you’ve cooked up the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.

Sponsored by several local businesses including Spahn & Rose, the most recent March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, an annual event, raised a record $203,778—exceeding its goal by $33,000—to support the fight to end premature birth, the most significant threat to moms and babies.

During the September 29 event at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa, 280 guests sampled dishes from a dozen of the best chefs from around the region. The featured speakers were a family affected by premature birth, who talked about what the March of Dimes has meant to them.

As a Silver Partner sponsor of the event, Spahn & Rose hosted a table of 10 guests, donating $1,500. Several attendees from Spahn & Rose made individual donations as well.

All money raised during the Signature Chefs Auction directly funds March of Dimes research, education and advocacy to promote the health of babies; none of it is used for administrative costs or event-setup fees.

“Spahn & Rose’s support of the Signature Chefs Auction shows how the company gives back to community organizations,” says Kaley Rigdon, Development Manager for March of Dimes Northeast Iowa. “Because Spahn & Rose is so well-known in the community, they showcase how critical the March of Dimes mission is.”

Several sumptuous culinary packages were up for auction throughout the evening. The acclaimed Dubuque restaurant Brazen Open Kitchen, for example, offered a private dinner for 10 prepared by recent Top Chef winner Kevin Scharpf along with another surprise Top Chef contestant. The silent auction, meanwhile, featured vacation packages to Mexico and Breckenridge, Colorado.