CHICAGO (CBS) — On the South Side this Father’s Day, dozens of dads wanted to do a little something to give back.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, they came to Chicago State University with recipes in-hand, and their son or daughter to assist them in the kitchen.

It was all part of the 22nd annual “Real Men Cook” charity event. It cost $20 to sample the foods made, and they were expecting 5,000 people to do so.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

Money raised benefits the “Real Men Charities” fund.

Chaga Walton describes the scene. He says some dads were grilling outdoors, while others were using the stoves and ovens indoors.

Walton has attended the event as a volunteer for the past several years, sometimes bringing his son along as an assistant chef.

“As a dad, for me, I’m please and I’m proud, because I see so many sons and their dad together on today,” Walton said. “It’s an awesome day.”

Today, Walton was making “Chaga’s stomping salsa,” “lentils with a twist,” Mediterranean flatbread and fresh lime mint watermelon.

For lentils with a twist, “the twist is habanero again,” Walton said.

The White House used the opening ceremony at the Real Men Cook event as the backdrop for launching President Obama’s new “Strong Fathers, Strong Men” fatherhood and mentoring initiative. The White House says too many people grow up without a dad.

White House representative Dr. James Galloway who is a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was present for the event.

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