Ben Watkins is a remarkable 11-year-old who tragically lost both of his parents on September 16, 2017. Ben is an aspiring chef and even opened a restaurant with his late parents, Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins, called Big Ben's Bodacious BBQ and Delicatessen in the Miller Community of Gary, Indiana.
The members of the community have joined together to see that this tragedy does not derail Ben from reaching his full potential and
fulfilling his dreams.
On Friday, March 2, Ben will be featured on the 2-hour season premiere of FOX's MasterChef Junior showing off his skills in the kitchen!
My name is Trent A. McCain. I am Ben's neighbor as well as his guardians' attorney. We have raised over $21,000 so far for Ben offline and online. At the conclusion of our campaign, we are going to establish a trust fund at Peoples Bank in Munster, Indiana for Ben's health, education, maintenance and support. We want Ben to able to continue his education in the culinary arts wherever he wants to in the world.
Thank you for your #Love4Ben!
Since we started raising money for young Ben, we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity from people all over the world including a generous gift from GoFundMe.com itself. We have exceeded our modest goal of $10,000 almost three fold! To date, we have raised $28,635 for Ben's education. We are making one final push to reach $30,000.00. Join us in helping secure this remarkable young man's financial future. #Love4Ben
Our very own Ben will be making his television debut on March 2 on Fox's Master Chef Junior! Tune in an support our beloved young chef! #Love4Ben
We fell short of our $2,500 goal by last Friday but Gary Johnson, Brenda Ashley, and the good people at Mortar Net Solutions matched the donations we received anyway!! Ben’s Family has been overwhelmed by the love and support they’ve been shown during this incredibly difficult time.