Business leaders, elected officials, high school students roll up their sleeves for a good cause

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At its third annual Gourmet Guys Give Back event, the Prince William Chamber and the nonprofit Leadership Prince William invited amateur chefs from the community, like business leaders and elected officials, to a cook off.

“This is a way for them to contribute and to be seen, I guess, in a different way than they usually are,” said Executive Director of Leadership Prince William Andrea Short. “They’re not just bankers or commonwealth attorneys or business owners; they actually have outside talents and interests that they actually want to showcase.” 

This isn’t the first go-around, but there were some new features this year. Two high school students competed. First responders from Prince William, Manassas Park, and Manassas were invited to eat free of charge. While the cook off has raised $6,000 for each organization in the past, this year’s goal was set at $8,000 per organization.

Both organizations rely on community generosity. The chamber created Leadership Prince William 12 years ago, which has been helping future community leaders ever since.

Leadership Prince William’s 10-week community leadership program pushes participants out into the community once a month to see different facets of the workforce. Students learn how to work together and discover their own leadership skills.

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