The LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc.
To the Editor:
The LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc. (LCYD) recently held its first major fundraising event. The “Taste of LaGrange County” involved a variety of restaurants, specialty food stores and more.
Twenty local vendors brought in samples of some of their favorite dishes and nearly 200 guests traveled from vendor to vendor tasting a variety of foods including main courses, side dishes, appetizers, and desserts.
Six “celebrity chefs” also brought in samples and competed for votes to be named the winning celebrity chef. These “celebrities” included Beth Sherman, Dr. Lisa Booth, Mark McClish, Randy Mellinger, George Llera and Sylvia Hendrix.Lisa Booth captured the coveted winning chef apron.
The LCYC owes a huge thank you to the amazing vendors who donated their time and the wonderful food for the event. Participating vendors included Butcher Bob's, Chicago Joe's, Cook's Bison Ranch, Copper Top Tavern in Wolcottville, IN, El Zorrito, 5 and 20 Restaurant, Foltz Bakery, Grossman's Restaurant and Lounge, Hector's Mexican Restaurant, Howe Restaurant, Kukui's Hawaiian Shaved Ice, LaGrange American Legion, Martin's Homestyle Soups, Our Place Café, Rise-N-Roll Bakery, The Gathering Place, The Woods Too, Tiffany's Restaurant, T.J. Ianarelli's Italian Restaurant, and the Twin Six Café.
During the event guest were also able to bid on an array of silent auction items donated by local businesses and community members. The event proved to be a great time for everyone involved. Marc Satterfield volunteered to emcee for the evening. Guests, vendors, and volunteers alike enjoyed the festivities.
This event was a massive undertaking for our small organization. While living and serving a small community like LaGrange County is rewarding, we also understand that our businesses and community members are often burdened with constant requests to donate time, services, products and money to a variety of deserving causes. Regardless of the burden, this community continues to come together and support one another when the need arises.
The LCYC was overwhelmed with the generosity of our vendors, who donated their food and time, those who donated wonderful items to our auction, guests who participated in our auction, and those who volunteered their time to help make this event a success.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event. The LCYC considers it a privilege to serve the youth in this remarkable county with so many generous and caring community members.