Money raised at the Sept. 10 Capital Chefs’ Showcase is vital to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, which uses the proceeds to improve life for those living with cancer in the 10-parish capital area.

The showcase raised about $235,000 last year, and organizers are hoping to exceed that this year.

“One of the things that really makes Capital Chefs’ Showcase special is the depth of the community involvement,” said Jill Rosto, Cancer Services chief executive officer. “We are so grateful to the many restaurants, chefs, caterers and sponsors who make the event special and to our outstanding showcase volunteers who work tirelessly to make the event a success.”

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri and wife, Karen, are honorary chairmen of the event, which is expected to draw about 1,200 people this year, said Chrissy Dupuy, Cancer Service’s public relations director.

Dupuy said Cancer Services, which began in 1959, receives no government funding, Medicare, Medicaid or insurance reimbursements for the support services it provides to cancer patients and their families in Ascension, Iberville, Livingston, St. James, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena parishes.