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This is going to be one picnic to remember.

Texas has more uninsured women than any other state. Let that sink in for a moment. This isn’t going to turn into an appeal to “think about the mothers, daughters, sisters," so on and so forth—because, frankly, you shouldn’t need a reason to think this is a serious issue. That some Texas women struggle to get access to cancer screening and treatment, birth control, STD testing, perinatal care and family planning should set off your alarms not matter what their relationships to you are or aren’t. And if you pay attention to the news, you know this is an issue that isn’t going to be solved in the near future.

Fortunately, there are those out there fighting the good fight to help those women in need of medical assistance, and an upcoming fundraiser from one such group means you can help out and get some good bites too. Formed in 2017, I’ll Have What She’s Having is a group that brings together well-known and up-and-coming women chefs and restaurateurs with physicians, artists and other professionals to raise awareness about the public health struggles women face in Texas and raise funds for groups putting in the work to fight these trends in public health.

This Sunday, the group hosts their inaugural fundraising event at Ivy and James in Evelyn’s Park, Bellaire. The Something for Everyone Inaugural Benefit in Three Acts features three events in one evening and will involve 100 different chefs and industry professionals. The goal of the event is to raise $1 million, and here’s a look at what they have in store:

4-6 p.m.: Amuse Bouche

Mix and mingle at seven cocktail while enjoying small bites. Chefs and beverage specialists involved include Molly Brown (Helen Greek Food and Wine), Alec Marmon (Star Fish) and Caitlin Vann (Lei Low) to name just a few. Tickets are $99.

6:30 p.m.: Al Fresco, A Picnic in the Park

Running $250 for 2 people, you’ll get a picnic basket with dinner featuring locally-sourced produce, in addition to beverages, re-usable utensils, plates and a shopping bag.

6 p.m.: Charitable Feast

The main event is a reception and three-course dinner hosted by celebrity chef Carla Hall. Tickets aren’t cheap, but for $500 you’ll get a dinner prepared by Anita Jaisinghani (Pondicheri), Erin Smith (Feges BBQ), Jamie Zelko (Zelko Concepts), Lynette Hawkins (Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino) and Monica Pope (Sparrow Cookshop), curated wine pairings produced by women winemakers and women-owned wineries, and a live performance by the Kristine Mills Band.

You can find out more about Something For Everyone by visiting their event page, which you should do for no other reason than to be amazed at the talented lineup for April 8. It’s going to be one of the highlights of the food year for one of the most important causes facing Harris County today. Seriously, don’t miss out on this one.