Southern Stars Dinner To Support Prostate Cancer Fight

CHAPEL HILL – On Thursday the Peter Michael Foundation held a Southern Stars dinner and auction at Fearrington House in Pittsboro to support the fight against prostate cancer.

“Peter Michael Foundation’s mission is to find and underwrite, fund, promising research and treatments for diagnosis, management, and care of men who have prostate cancer,” says volunteer organizer Ron Coulson.

Coulson says prostate cancer is the second leading form of cancer in men – around 1 in 6 will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lifetimes – and some of the research the foundation has supported could enable earlier, more accurate diagnosis.

“The director of Peter Michael Foundation, Walter Manzel, has been going to these institutions for years – Stanford, Sloan-Kettering, Washington – and talking to the doctors about ideas for diagnosis (and) treatment…and Washington (University in St. Louis) has come up with this phenomenal idea of getting a urine test that will test for prostate cancer,” says Coulson.

The Peter Michael Foundation began in 2004 and holds national events to raise money for their cause.

“The formula is that we partner with fantastic chefs including Thomas Keller – Michelin three star chefs – and we invite guests who obviously are passionate about their food and wine, but also passionate about our cause,” says volunteer organizer Barb White. “So at these events we have a lot of guests who are repeat donors and just love the intimacy of our events.”

Even though the Foundation is national, all of the money raised at Thursday’s event will support prostate research locally, at Duke and UNC.  For more information you can click here.

Flood Assessments; Construction on W. Main; Local Chef in Competition

CHAPEL HILL – Beginning Thursday, night work is scheduled to begin on the W. Main St. roadway resurfacing.  The project is anticipated to be completed by or before August 13.

Motorists should expect delays and seek alternative routes along W. Main St. and connecting roadways.  Construction on W. Main St. from Jones Ferry Rd. to Hillsborough will take place both night and day.  Construction from Hillsborough Rd. to NC 54 will only take place during the day.


Executive Chef at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, James Clark, will compete in an “Iron-Chef” styled competition against Dean Thompson of Flights at The Renaissance (North Hills).  The competition will take place on July 15 at 1705 Prime located at 705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh.  The competition uses a mixture of judges and votes from the audience to determine the winner.

Tickets for all first round battles are $59 per person.  To reserve tickets click here.  The winner of this single elimination contest will be announced on August 19.