Cooking up Change Sponsor Spotlight on Alper Services

October 06, 2011

Chicago is getting ready for more healthy change! Cooking up Change is a healthy cooking contest that challenges high school student chefs to create healthy, great-tasting school meals.

This fall, HSC kicks off the Cooking up Change competition with our flagship contest and benefit. The event is graciously supported by a team of sponsors including Alper Services. Alper Services is an insurance service brokerage company that generously provides continued support for Healthy Schools Campaign and Cooking up Change Chicago.

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Vice president & vice president non-profit division Gregg Elstien spoke with the Healthy Schools Campaign team to express his excitement to support Cooking up Change Chicago.

He describes the student-created dishes as “phenomenal.” In fact, one of the things he loves most about Cooking up Change is that “it inspires children to cook and eat healthy, great-tasting food.”

When it comes to health and wellness, Cooking up Change strongly aligns with Alper Services's vision. The insurance services firm has been recognized for its great wellness programs and employee incentives.  “We practice what we preach internally and externally to our many group health insurance clients,” Elstien explains.

He adds that the benefit of participating in the Cooking up Change event is “help[ing] our city’s children become healthier and make better choices.”

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Student chefs at Cooking up Change 2010

“We support organizations that make people’s lives better,” he says. “It is part of the culture and fabric of what we are as an organization and as individuals. Anything that helps Healthy Schools Campaign gather funds to do more to help children is critical.”

“It’s great to see the event grow.  It’s great to see the children smile and be inspired. It’s just a great event on all levels.”

Are you Cooking up Change? Get your ticket for the Cooking up Change flagship contest and benefit on November 3.

Be sure to check back for stories from Cooking up Change alums, chef mentors, and sponsors and students!