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Cooking fundraiser will be held March 29

A barn in the country will open its doors March 29 to a large cooking event. 

Teams from all over Ogle County will come to Oak Lane, a facility that caters to weddings, receptions, banquets and parties. Oak Lane is located three miles south of Oregon on Daysville Road.

The event organizers, Joyce Bruns and Diane Palmer, have been busy talking with people about the event. 

They have been working with volunteers to ensure that as many businesses, organizations and such are notified of this event either for setting up a cooking team, sponsorship, or for volunteering. 

"The response has been nothing short of amazing," Palmer said.

The organizers have been going from town to town in Ogle County providing information about the event and advising what is involved with the event. 

The focus of the event is to build a united fundraising effort with emphasis to assist senior centers in the county.

The What’s Cookin’ 2014 event is a team event consisting of four people preparing a food item in one of the following categories: appetizer, entre, side dish, or dessert. 

The public is invited to attend the event and for a designated amount of time can walk around taste-testing the teams’ food items. 

The public will be the judges. They will be given a program or ballot and can choose which team had the best recipes. 

Awards will be presented to the teams at the end of the taste-testing portion of the event. A maximum of 35 teams are needed for the event and the organizers are pleased that a number of local businesses have already shown interest in bringing their cooking skills to the event. 

Since spaces are available, signing up with the event organizers is a must. 

Teams will not be charged an admission for attending this event. 

The general public will pay a $20 admission fee to enter. Advanced tickets are now on sale. 

Tickets can be purchased now at the Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, or by contacting Palmer at 2735 Snyder Rd., Oregon, IL 61061. 

"We are currently working on locations for ticket sales throughout Ogle County. Future news items will provide those locations," Palmer said.

The proceeds of What’s Cookin’ 2014 will go to Rock River Center, a facility that provides resources, activities, and services to improve the quality of life for Ogle County's older adults, the disadvantaged, caregivers, and the greater community.   

To participate in this event as a four-person cooking team, a sponsor, or a volunteer, or for ticket information contact the event organizers at

By clicking on the “CONTACT US” buttons a message can be sent directly to the organizers or call 815-973-1432.

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