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The Dish It Out Celebrity Chef Gourmet Challenge at Saratoga National

October 5 event benefited the Capital Region Office of the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children.

Diana Murphy of Lake Ridge and Kevin Johnson, left, with A.J. Jayapal of Swifty's, winner of best appetizer. (Lawrence White)
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Chefs from around the Capital Region competed in The Dish It Out Celebrity Chef Gourmet Challenge at Saratoga National on Oct. 5. The crowd of 150 raised about $70,000 for prevention education programs run by the Capital Region Office of the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children.

“All our programs are free and designed to keep children safe at home, on the Internet especially, and when they are away from home,” said Linda Palazzole, co-chair with her husband, Sam.

Yono’s in Albany, Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub in Delmar, and Lake Ridge Restaurant in Round Lake participated, along with Sushi Thai Garden, Chianti Il Ristorante, Osteria Danny, Max London’s, Ronnie & Ralphie’s, Sperry’s and Prime from Saratoga.

Mike Giovanone of Concord Pools donated a Big Green Egg grill, and Tom and Sandy McTygue donated a Disney vacation timeshare for the live auction. Tony Ianniello donated the Arias wine.

Patty Riggi attended with her son, police officer Johnny Rich, who will be joining the board.

Tanya Pellegrini-Lawrence and Mark Lawrence, and Robin and Matthew Dalton,were presented the 2017 Outstanding Parent Recognition Award.

NCMEC was founded by John Walsh after the 1981 murder of his son Adam, 6. Learn more at ncmecnycr.org.

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