|Jack McDavid, in a rare still moment, enjoying a Coke at his Down Home Diner|
|A small sample of the barbecue awards (including many charity cook-offs) |
won by Jack over the years
Jack clearly learned this lesson well.
He launched a massive fundraising dinner for "Meals-on-Wheels" delivery program to bring healthy, wholesome food to shut-ins. He also was instrumental in launching the Manna Thanksgiving Pie In The Sky program in 1996, which raises funds for people who are homebound due to critical illness. With the help of Jack and many others, Pie in the Sky has become an annual fundraiser, raising over $226,000 in 2010 alone.
For the last 20 years, Jack has also been a central figure in the "Party with a Purpose". This annual benefit is held in conjunction with the Super Bowl and brings celebrity chefs together to raise money for various hunger relief organizations. This year they raised over $1 million. Whether Jack danced with Fergie at halftime remains a mystery.
Jack continues to support AIDS-related causes as well, in honor of a former waiter and manager who died of the disease. He is an active participant in Chef-AID, an annual dinner which supports AIDS research and provides assistance to those afflicted with the illness.
In 2011, Jack will continue focusing on these and other charities, including: fire prevention; breast cancer; youth programs and hunger relief.
Ok, so maybe he's not a saint, but he's surely an example for us all to follow in terms of generosity, charity, and helping others.
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