United Way of the Quad Cities Area is pleased to host celebrity Chef Carlos Gaytan at the sold-out fundraiser for Women United’s Born Learning initiative. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Crow Valley Golf Club, Davenport.

“We are excited to host Chef Carlos Gaytan for our largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go toward Born Learning, an initiative to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten. Currently, one in six low-income Quad Cities children are not ready for kindergarten,” said Rosie Barton, Co-Chair of the Women United.

About Gaytan

Chef Carlos Gaytan, executive chef and owner of Mexique in Chicago, applies his knowledge of French cooking techniques and ingredients to his roots of traditional Mexican cuisine, creating a revolution of Mexican gastronomy. Chef Gaytan came to Chicago in 1991 from Guerrero, Mexico. In 2008, he opened Mexique, which earned its first Michelin star in 2013. Chef Gaytan participated in Bravo’s Top Chef in 2013.

About Born Learning

Born Learning is focused on getting every child ready to succeed in kindergarten. Born Learning Academies, a series of six workshops for families, focus on building relationships, developing children’s language skills, nutrition and health, how children learn, routines, and learning on the go. The Born Learning calendar and text campaign provide parents practical ideas on how to turn everyday activities into teaching moments. Sign up for 3 texts per week of educational and fun things to do with your child under 5 years - text BORNLEARNING to 95577.

About Women United

Women United’s mission is to ignite the power of women to create real, lasting change in our community. Women United are passionate about the community’s youngest citizens, birth to 5 years. Guided by 100 Founding Charter Women, and currently recruiting 100 more, Women United is currently raising $2.2 million for the Born Learning initiative.

About United Way of the Quad Cities Area

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the Quad Cities.

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