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CCEF Fundraiser Featuring Award-Winning Chef, Best Selling Author, TV Show Host!

March 28, 2016


Chef Jeff HendersonBeaumont, Texas - March, 28 2016 - Creative Corrections Education Foundation is pleased to announce Award-winning chef, bestselling author, television show host and convicted felon Jeff Henderson, will serve as the featured speaker of the organization's first fundraiser luncheon. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, located at 3950 Walden Road in Beaumont, Texas, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets to the event may be purchased by making a $40 donation on this website or by contacting the CCEF office at (409) 861-2536.

The luncheon will raise money to send qualifying students to Beaumont's two-year technical college, Lamar Institute of Technology. The fundraiser also precedes National Reentry Week (April 24-30, 2016), the U.S. Justice Department's effort to highlight assistance being offered to former prison inmates to aid in their successful return to society.  Before becoming host of the nationally syndicated television cooking show, "Flip My Food with Chef Jeff," Jeff Henderson served nearly a decade in prison (beginning in 1988) on federal drug conspiracy charges.

The South Central Los Angeles native discovered his passion for cooking as an inmate. After his release from state prison, he pursued his dream of becoming an executive chef.  Without any formal instruction, Henderson would go on to make history in Las Vegas, becoming the first black chef named "Chef de Cuisine" at Caesar's Palace in 2001, and would eventually become executive chef at several top restaurants, including Cafe' Bellagio, where he worked until 2006.  Henderson's remarkable story of finding his passion for cooking while incarcerated and turning his life around was chronicled in his New York Times bestselling memoir, COOKED. His story is now being turned into a major motion picture by the team that created "The Pursuit of Happiness": Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment, Escape Artists and Columbia Pictures.  Henderson is a motivational speaker in high demand, making appearances across the country that are coordinated through his company, The Henderson Group.

Creative Corrections Education Foundation was founded in March of 2012 by former federal prison warden Percy Pitzer and his wife Sununt, with the original intent of providing educational opportunities for young adults, generally between the ages of 18 and 27, who have a parent incarcerated or on parole. In September, 2015, the organization expanded to include any student, even those without an incarcerated parent or one on parole, who can show a financial need and agrees to attend Lamar Institute of Technology.

CCEF has awarded scholarships and financial aid to 156 young adults to enroll in college or trade schools in various states, nationwide. CCEF's Right Path Program Beaumont currently has 31 students enrolled at LIT.  CCEF’s Right Path Program Milwaukee has provided the same assistance to students in Wisconsin.

Luncheon sponsorship opportunities are available in three categories:

Associate Sponsorship Level 5 luncheon tickets, recognition in press materials and at the luncheon),

Bachelor Sponsorship 10 luncheon tickets, recognition in press materials and at the luncheon),

Graduate Sponsorship 20 luncheon tickets, recognition in press materials and at the luncheon).

Tables of 10 are also available for $400.