Benefit to help Keegan-Filion Farm

Annie Filion and her cousin, Ronald Keegan, survey the damage from a barn fire at Keegan-Filion Farm.

Chef Fred Neuville of the Fat Hen Restaurant promised help was on the way, and it is.

In the wake of a tragic barn fire Dec. 4 at Keegan-Filion Farm in Walterboro, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group has organized a star-studded fundraiser to benefit Annie and Marc Filion.

The event will be 1-4 p.m. Jan. 22 at Lowndes Grove Plantation in downtown Charleston.

Fourteen of the area's chefs have committed to cook for the affair, which also includes an oyster roast. Tickets are $50, which covers admission and food. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The Filions lost a barn, built in the 1930s by Annie's grandfather, along with nearly 100 turkeys, animal feed and many farm tools in the blaze.

The Patrick Group has set a goal of raising $20,000 to help the farm recover.

"The beautiful part of this is that no solicitation was really involved," said Randall Goldman, the group's CEO. "Once the ball started rolling, people just asked us where to show up."

Participating chefs are Nico Romo of Fish Restaurant, Sean Brock of McCrady's and Husk, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Neuville of Fat Hen, Craig Deihl of Cypress, Sarah O'Kelley of Glass Onion, Matt Russell of EVO, Nathan Thurston of The Ocean Room at Kiawah, Jacques Larson of Wild Olive, Mike Lotz of Triangle Char and Bar, Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad, Mike Lata of FIG and Jeremiah Bacon of Macintosh.

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