Gunter Wilhelm and Charles Oakley

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Dec 8, 2017




DECEMBER 16th 2017

Ramsey, New Jersey: Gunter Wilhelm is teaming up with the legendary professional basketball player Charles Oakley, former Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Houston Rockets star, in a HOLIDAY SPIRIT fundraising event for Operation Barbecue Relief. The Holiday Spirit fundraising event will take place on Saturday, December 16 2017 at 628 Swan Street, Ramsey NJ 07446 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

“We are fortunate to work with Charles Oakley’s Oak-in-the-Kitchen activities and are honored to join forces in supporting Operation Barbecue Relief (OBR) which is making a difference by providing food, hot meals, and support to the local community and first responders in disaster areas,” says David Malek, CEO of Gunter Wilhelm.

“Working with Charles Oakley is an amazing experience, and now with the holiday season, we are happy to support OBR’s fundraising efforts, where each dollar is helping OBR’s volunteers cook and provide food to disaster-affected communities and first responders.”

As the Official Cutlery and Cookware of the iconic White House Chef Tour, and Official Cutlery of the World Food Championship, Great American Cookout, recommended Cutlery and Cookware of the Kansas City BBQ Society, and a New Jersey Restaurant Association Hall of Fame recipient, Gunter Wilhelm is honored to be associated with Oak-in-the-Kitchen and to actively support Operation BBQ Relief.

“Together, with Gunter Wilhelm, we are proud to introduce the Oak-in-the-Kitchen cutlery collection,” said Charles Oakley. “Gunter Wilhelm’s exceptional high quality products with the passion of David Malek make it my official cutlery.”

“Operation BBQ Relief is excited to be the charity of choice for this event”, as reported by Dana Reed, CVO,

The Holiday Spirit fundraising event is open to the public and includes the following activities:

  • An open meet and greet with the legendary basketball player, Mr. Charles Oakley.
  • Mr. Oakley will present his Gunter Wilhelm signature Oak-in-the-Kitchen collection, provide photo opportunities, and autographs.
  • Gunter Wilhelm and Charles Oakley will auction a lucrative autographed Oak-in-the-Kitchen package to benefit OBR.

All donated proceeds to OBR; in addition, Gunter Wilhelm will donate 10% event sales to OBR.

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Incorporated in 2002, Gunter Wilhelm is accepted and recognized by professional chefs, celebrities and home cooks as an innovative and remarkable cutlery and cookware brand, combining high quality, advanced features and superior performance.

Gunter Wilhelm products have exceptional ratings and professional and home kitchens around the world in daily use


Since retiring from basketball, Charles has turned his passion to the kitchen. In 2008, he hosted his own unique cooking show, Cafe Oakley. His specialties are healthy foods with savory and delicious flavors, notably turkey burgers. Charles went on to open Red, the Steakhouse in Cleveland and another location in South Beach, Miami, FL. Oakley has displayed his culinary skills on several cooking competition shows, including Chopped Tournament of Stars on the Food Network in 2014.


OBR was founded in May 2011 in response to the need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition BBQ teams from eight states came to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel.

With more than 1,500,000 hot meals served, Operation BBQ Relief strives to provide compassion and to offer hope and friendship to those whose lives affected by disasters across the United States.

They leverage their expertise in cooking and catering BBQ meals with their ability to mobilize their teams quickly into any area where disaster disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans.

Stan Hays, founder of OBR has been selected as a 2017 Top 10 CNN Hero of the Year, to be revealed during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” airing live, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET.

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