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“The Taste” – Fund Raiser for Neighbor-to-Neighbor and The Food Bank

FORT COLLINS’ PREMIER CHEFS COOK TO END HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY

 The Event is: Thursday, April 29th, 2010 Fort Collins, CO —

 With flavorful food, complementing beverages and a passion for helping the hungry and homeless, Fort Collins’s top chefs, restaurants, wineries, and breweries will gather for “THE TASTE” benefit for Larimer County.

This annual fundraiser will provide support to fight hunger and homelessness in this community. All proceeds directly benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor, two of the area’s largest non-profit organizations designed to provide resources for the hungry and homeless.

This year’s event will be held on April 29th, 2010 at the Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. More than 30 of the county’s finest restaurants and nearly 20 of the its finest wineries and breweries will participate in THE TASTE, providing a uniquely memorable evening that highlights the best Larimer County has to offer in local food, wine and beer.

In addition to fabulous food and drink, the event will feature an exciting silent auction featuring local products, services, and artwork as well as live jazz entertainment provided by Mark Sloniker and Friends. The silent auction will feature the “Palette of Plates” – special plates designed by local artists – as well as birdhouses decorated by local artists in our new special presentation…“Nests for Neighbors.”

Generous support from local sponsors ensures that 100 percent of ticket proceeds benefit the fight to end hunger and homelessness in our community. THE TASTE is organized by a volunteer committee comprised of local Larimer County residents who commit their time to making a difference in our community.

Advance purchase for tickets to THE TASTE are $95 VIP (4:00 pm-9:00 pm) and $65 General Admission (5:00 pm-9:00 pm).Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.tastebenefit.org. General admission tickets purchased at the door the night of the event are $75.

About the Food Bank for Larimer County The Food Bank for Larimer County provides approximately 7.5 million pounds of donated food and other products to the community each year through three programs: Food Share, Kids Cafe and Food Link. Food Share is a food pantry with locations in Fort Collins and Loveland that provides free surplus and government food to income qualifying individuals up to two times per week. Over 27,000 Larimer County residents received assistance through Food Share in 2009. Kids Cafe® provides free, nutritious meals to low income children after school and during the summer. More than 66,000 meals were provided to at-risk children last year. Food Link provides food to 70 other non-profit organizations for use in their programs for low income individuals. These organizations include food pantries, soup kitchens, after school programs and domestic violence shelters among others. For more information please visit http://www.foodbanklarimer.org or http://www.facebook.com/foodbankforlarimercounty For more information, please visit http://www.foodbanklarimer.org. About Neighbor to Neighbor Neighbor to Neighbor helps people establish and maintain housing stability.

The organization helps homeless people find homes; counsels renters and home owners in unaffordable housing situations; provides 145 affordable apartments; and educates people looking to purchase a home. So, wherever people are on the “housing continuum,” Neighbor to Neighbor helps them get to the next logical place. Neighbor to Neighbor is celebrating 40 years of service to Larimer County in 2010; during this time, it has helped thousands of Larimer County residents, making our community more stable one household at a time.

 THE TASTE 2009 played an integral role in sustaining Neighbor to Neighbor’s services in a year when the need soared to unprecedented levels. Foreclosure Prevention counseling doubled from 2008-2009, yet the agency maintained a 96% success rate of helping clients avoid foreclosure. For more information, please visit www.n2n.org.

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