International Taste of Greenville: 'For Love of Children'
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
For the last four years, the International Taste of Greenville charity event has raised thousands of dollars benefiting the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network. The ITOG is a charitable gift fund of the Community Foundation of NC East with all donations being tax deductible. The fifth annual event will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Greenville, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Attire is business casual.
One of the 2017 Miracle Children selected for this year’s CMN hospitals’ campaign is 11-year-old Rhettec Galaska. In February 2014 at age 8, he was diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. For 2½ years, he received his chemotherapy treatments at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital with his last treatment in June 2016. He is finally able to play sports again and this past fall was drafted by the East Carolina University baseball team. Rhettec is just one of the thousands of children who have received life-saving gifts through the donations that CMN receives through its telethons and charity events such as this one.
The evening will showcase an array of food tastings from the United States and around the world with more than 30 area restaurants and beverage providers taking part in this culinary event. Restaurants participating include Abrams, Bateeni Mediterranean, Bonefish Grill, Brook Valley Country Club, Cheddar’s, Famous Baking Company, Golden Corral, Hilton/Villedge, Kasturi Indian Cuisine, Kona Ice, Longhorn Steakhouse, Marabella/Nino’s, Olive Garden, On the Waterfront, Red Heron Cafe, The Rickhouse, Rock Springs, Sam Jones Barbecue, The Scullery, Tiebreakers, Outback Steakhouse and Zoe’s Kitchen.
Beverage providers taking part are Duck Rabbit Brewery, Duplin Wines, Firefly Wine Shop, Minges/Pepsi, R.A. Jeffreys and Uptown Brewing Company. Desserts will be provided by Cakes by Sue Dail and Vanilla Bean Bakery. Renowned musician Ruffin Keys will provide musical entertainment throughout the event.
Chairwoman Bobbie Gaumont has worked tirelessly making this event a success and is ready to raise more money for children.
“This is a rewarding event for me and the members of my committee, and we are excited for the opportunity to raise money, for the love of children,” Gaumont said.
There will be 84 silent auction items featured throughout this fun-filled evening with WITN’s Sport Director Billy Weaver acting as the emcee. Auction items include an Ippolita sterling silver necklace with turquoise pendant wrapped in halo diamonds donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry of Greenville; eight tickets to Legoland theme park in Winter Haven, Fla.; golf packages from Ironwood, Bradford Creek, and Brook Valley Country Club; an Irene Bailey custom oil painting; and a trip for two (including rental car) to Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win a one-week stay at a luxury beach condo at Atlantic Beach.
Proceeds from this event provide life-saving equipment, programs and services for the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center and the 29 eastern N.C. counties it serves. Tickets are $100 each or $750 for a table of 10. Tickets are available online at www.tastegville.com or at the door.
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery will host “A Taste of the Farmville Dogwood Festival” Spring Revelry from 3-9 p.m. Saturday at the brewery at 4519 W. Pine St.
The event is open to the public with no cover charge. Dark beer specialists will serve an assortment of award-winning beers (cash only). Food also will be available from Shep’s Farm to Truck from Greenville.
Brewery staff will offer tours of the Duck-Rabbit plant. The lawn will be set up for picnics and cornhole.
Lightnin’ Wells is scheduled to perform from 4-7 p.m.
The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (HSEC) will host a Bone Appetit fundraising event May 9 at Basil’s, 1675 E. Fire Tower Road. Ten percent of all food and drink sales will be donated to HSEC. Pets are allowed to dine on the patio. Write “for HSEC” on the receipt and alert the server. Visit www.hsecarolina.org.
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