The 2016 edition of the Great Chefs Event drew 1,200 folks and nearly four dozen chefs from around the country to Urban Outfitters' headquarters at the Navy Yard on June 14.

The fundraiser was started in 2006 by the founding partners of Vetri Ristorante - Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin - to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. In 2008, Vetri and Benjamin founded Vetri Community Partnership, which helps provide healthy school lunch and nutrition education to Philadelphia youth.

Update: Organizers report that more than $800,000 was raised. From the live auction, the $81,000 take included $20,000 for a dinner at Vetri's home for 10 cooked by Vetri and Michael Solomonov with guests Liz and Jay Scott.

Also selling in the thousands were silent-auction items, including a private pizza party for 8 at Pizzeria Beddia; pasta-making class and dinner at Osteria for 10; and a chance to tag along with Inquirer food critic Craig Laban during a review dinner. The silent auction take was $85,000.

Through Facebook Live, here are some interviews with the food-world attendees.

Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay in the house at Great Chefs.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Robert Irvine of Restaurant Impossible.

Robert Irvine at Great Chefs Event.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Barbara and Sal Vetri, with a cameo by Marc Vetri

Barbara and Sal Vetri, with a cameo by Marc Vetri, from Great Chefs.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Doug Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream

Doug Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream, an old veteran of Great Chefs Event.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Greg Vernick of Vernick Food + Drink

Greg Vernick at work at Great Chefs Event.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jeff Michaud of the Vetri restaurants, and his father, Tom

Jeff Michaud of the Vetri Family.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle

Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle up from D.C. to cook at Great Chefs Event.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fergus Carey. Yes, Fergie from Fergie's Pub

Fergus Carey at Great Chefs.

Posted by Michael Klein on Tuesday, June 14, 2016