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Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), an agency that provides person-centered services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities, will hold its 24th annual Evening of Fine Food on Tuesday, February 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Terrace on the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The event will benefit more than 2,200 individuals the agency serves. Funds raised will be used to further the organization’s mission of helping people with developmental disabilities lead more independent lives by augmenting the organization’s program and service budget to provide necessary items that are not covered by government funding. 

The evening will offer a unique dining experience featuring culinary delicacies from the finest restaurants and beverage purveyors in the area.

As guests mingle, sample gourmet foods, and enjoy an open bar, they will also be able to play casino games, participate in the silent auction, take “selfies” in a photo booth, and get a makeup refresher thanks to e.l.f. cosmetics.

This year’s Guest Chef will be Hugue Dufour, chef of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City. He will be preparing a signature dish for the event. 

 “It is important to give back to the community from which we benefit,” said Chef Dufour. “It’s natural as a restaurateur to make people happy and to feed them! It’s a way of life, and very important.”

Adding to the excitement of the evening will be PIX-11 News anchor, and a loyal supporter of QCP, Lisa Mateo. She is also the host of “Celebrity Taste Makers,” and will appear as special guest and MC.

The benefit will honor two “Chefs of the Year”—people who have made an impact and a difference in the community. They are: Scott Molina, President, Resorts World Casino New York City, and Maria Odysseos, Vice President/District Manager, Investors Bank. In addition to being honored, they will serve their community in a different way—by cooking a family specialty!

“The Evening of Fine Food is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to show its support for children and adults with developmental disabilities,” said Terri Ross, Executive Director, Queens Centers for Progress. “We are very grateful to our extraordinary Board of Directors, our many generous restaurants and sponsors, and everyone who plans to join us for what will be a very special evening.”

Tickets for QCP’s 2018 Evening of Fine Food are $135 per person. Guests are asked to RSVP by February 26. Tickets and further details are available at https://www.crowdrise.com/EveningofFineFood.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please contact Wendy Phaff, (718) 380-3000, ext. 325, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Queens Centers for Progress exists in order to support children and adults in Queens County who have cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. The purpose of QCP’s support is to maximize the range and quality of independent life choices available to individuals and their families.

QCP has provided programs and services to people with developmental disabilities for 68 years. Created in 1950 as United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, the organization changed its name in 2001 to reflect the wide variety of developmental disabilities served by their programs.

Source: Queens Gazette