Men Can Cook - Defending Our Title!

March Madness is upon us and everyone is choosing their brackets. It is also the time for the “Men Who Can Cook” Contest held annually for The SECU Family House on the Richard J Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Campus in Winston-Salem, NC.

This year’s event is being held on Saturday, March 18th and we will be cooking for hopefully over 325 party goers. Plates from around the world will be dished out at the WFU Bridger’s Field House and the evening surely goes for a great cause, The SECU Family House.

We, at HMC Partners, believe in giving back to the community and we like to pick different charities where we can participate with hopes to make a difference.  In the past we’ve worked with Make A Wish, Cancer Services – Wrapped Up In Ribbons, and for the past two years we’ve been working with the SECU Family House.  A year ago, dear friends of HMC, Gary and Ginger Hauser, introduced us to the SECU Family House. We toured it, came to understand the valuable service it provides to the community, and entered into a first- annual “Men Can Cook” contest. Our team of Chef’s consisted of Gary Hauser, Gib and Me. We cooked up a Mexican dish and at the end of the night we walked away as prize winners!! This year we are back to defend our title.  Unfortunately, Gib will be out of town at an LPL Financial Meeting so, the chefs with be Gary and me again and a great HMC friend Jeff Lippow will be called in from the bullpen to replace Gib. Our dish this year is a great Greek dish!

This evening is full of fun, laughter, and great samples from each chef table. More importantly it is a BIG fundraiser for The SECU Family House. They hope to raise in excess of $100,000.

What is the SECU Family House?

The SECU Family House on the Richard J. Reynolds, III & Marie M. Reynolds Campus provides affordable lodging in a caring environment for referred adult patients and/or their caregivers who travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for medical treatment.

Winston-Salem is a medical community with two nationally ranked medical centers and limited affordable lodging for adult patients and their families.

Caregivers often must camp out in hospital waiting rooms, hallways, and in their cars. Hospital personnel observe that many very sick patients are more concerned about their family’s living situation than about their own recovery.

Approximately 400 families of inpatients from both hospitals require lodging each night.  In addition, dozens of outpatients with serious conditions and their caregivers need accommodations.

Staff and volunteers are on site at all times to assist the more than 2,000 families a year who will stay at the House, as well as the outpatients who will come for day respite in between treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

Referrals to SECU Family House can be made by staff at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and by Hospice & Palliative CareCenter.

Tell Me About the Facility?

SECU Family House is located on 8.8 acres of property on 1970 Baldwin Lane (at the end of Hospice Ln) in Winston-Salem, a site convenient to both Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Features include:

  • 45 guest rooms, each with two queen beds and private bath
  • Common living, dining, and kitchen areas
  • Chapel for meditation
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor patio areas
  • Support from staff, volunteers and other families
  • Referrals from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Hospice & Palliative CareCenter/Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home
  • $35 night per room. Applications for financial assistance are available upon request.

Can I attend or help?

It has been our great joy to participate and support SECU Family House over these last two years. We look forward to the dinner this coming Saturday March 18th. If you would like to attend and support a great cause tickets are available on SECU’s web page ( or if you would like to donate and support team HMC please just send a check to SECU Family House  and put in the memo line, “Men Who Can Cook” HMC Team,  or visit their website for online donations – these are accepted online through Friday.

We look forward to Saturday night and hopefully seeing a BIG CROWD for A GREAT CAUSE!

*The SECU Family house is a separate entity and not affiliated with LPL Financial, Independent Advisor Alliance, or HMC Partners.