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Fernandina Mayor Reads to Preschoolers

Fernandina Mayor Reads to PreschoolersPhoto Caption: During United Way’s Nassau County Campaign Kickoff, Fernandina Beach Mayor Arlene Filkoff captures the imaginations of Island Academy preschoolers. Her animated pirate accompaniment, Heath Hollabaugh, is an on-loan United Way community builder from Publix. United Way is seeking ReadingPals volunteers in Fernandina Beach and Callahan who are passionate about inspiring the love of reading. Call (904) 390-3267 for more information.

Fernandina Beach, FL – Fernandina Beach Mayor Arlene Filkoff captured the attentions and vivid imaginations of 25 Island Academy preschool children, plus 120 attendees, during United Way’s Nassau County Campaign Kickoff. The event featured Mayor Filkoff reading a lively pirate tale to the audience, as an engaging “imaginary” pirate mirrored her words, illustrating how United Way’s Success By 6 and ReadingPals initiatives make a difference in the lives of children by sparking their interest in reading.

CA McDonald, 2012 United Way Board of Directors member and Rayonier general manager, lead the kickoff that highlighted how United Way is creating positive, sustainable change in Nassau County by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, income and health.

“We all win when a child succeeds in school,” said McDonald. “And when families have the tools, such as United Way’s Success By 6 scholarships that help children receive the early learning skills they need, we all win as a community.”

United Way’s Success By 6 is a partnership with The Early Learning Coalition of Clay, Nassau, Baker and Bradford counties and Episcopal Children’s Services that provides two-year early learning scholarships for three-year-olds. The children are placed in high-quality early education centers and receive two years of full-day education and care.

As Mayor Filkoff and the animated pirate, Heath Hollabaugh, an on-loan United Way community builder from Publix, entertained the Island Academy students with the pirate-theme story, kickoff attendees witnessed the power of ReadingPals, a new early literacy initiative that helps children get ready for kindergarten. Island Academy is Nassau County’s first ReadingPals site.

Mayor Filkoff’s engaging and entertaining approach exemplified how simply reading a book to pre-kindergarteners will improve their literacy and language skills. The children gleefully interacted with her and the pirate character, proudly shouting answers and even adding a few of their own humorous observations!

United Way“We have seven Success By 6 scholarships still available in Nassau County,” said Jan Morse, United Way’s director of childhood and youth strategies. “These grants help hard-working families who need assistance providing quality preschool for their children. Since Success By 6 began in 2007, more than 631 preschoolers have received scholarships.”

Each year, nearly 18,000 Nassau County residents’ lives are improved through United Way-funded programs such as Success By 6, including preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, senior citizens, local families and many others. There are 11 Nassau County-based agencies and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.

Three Success By 6 centers are located in Nassau County: Island Academy and Lamb Christian Day Care in Fernandina Beach, and Building Blocks Academy in Callahan. To learn more about Success By 6 and ReadingPals, contact Morse at (904) 390-3267. For more information on how to start a workplace or individual campaign, contact Dyar at (904) 390-3239.

United Way of Northeast Florida works to create real, long-lasting change in Northeast Florida by focusing on the building blocks for a good life — education, income and health. In partnership with volunteers, community organizations and leaders, United Way is advancing the common good by creating opportunities to improve lives in Northeast Florida. United Way’s Born Learning, ReadingPals. Success By 6, Achievers For Life and Full Service Schools initiatives are a community-based approach to removing barriers to academic success. In addition, United Way leads United Way 2-1-1, a 24/7 information referral hotline serving nine counties and Life: Act 2, a pro-active response to senior independence. For more information, call 904-390-3200 or visit www.LiveUnitedNortheastFlorida.org.

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Book Sale Bonanza Coming Up in Fernandina Beach

Book Sale Bonanza Coming Up in Fernandina BeachFernandina Beach, FL – If you love books and bargains, don’t miss the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Book Sale at the Peck Center Gym, 516 South 10th Street, Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3.

Choose from a well-organized display of thousands of books in dozens of categories, audio books, CDs, DVDs, children’s books and more donated by readers to help support the Fernandina Beach Library. Most are priced just $.50 to $3.00.

For the best selection, attend the special members-only preview sale on Thursday, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Non-members can join at the door or at the Fernandina Beach Library before the sale: dues are $15 for students; $35 for single membership, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

The sale is open to the public on Friday, 9:30 a.m.– 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., with fire-sale markdowns early Saturday afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Fernandina Beach Library, so you’ll be getting great deals and supporting your library.

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation consisting of local citizens whose mission is to promote literacy and life-long learning and to advocate and raise funds for the library for the benefit of the community.

For information on membership or events, send an email to fernandinalibfriends@gmail.com or visit www.nassaureads.com and click on Friends of the Library.

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Eighth Annual Pasta for Paws

Eighth Annual Pasta for PawsThe Nassau Humane Society invites you to attend The Eighth Annual Pasta for Paws Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday November 3, from 4:30 to 7:30PM at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Tickets are $12.00 and include a salad, spaghetti, meatballs, bread, beverage and dessert. Additional desserts are $2.00 and takeout is available. Children 6 and under eat free.

Live music will be provided by Frankie’s Friends, and there is a HUGE silent auction.

Tickets are on sale at the Nassau Humane Society Dog Park, Second Chance Store on 8th Street, and online at www.nassauhumanesociety.com.

All proceeds benefit homeless animals at the shelter.

Please call Penny Landregan at (904) 277-1152 for more information.

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2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Desire Street Ministries is hosting its second annual Desire Cup Kick-Off Dinner on Thursday, October 25th in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by dinner at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner and live auction will support the rebuilding of Desire Street Ministries in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Dinner guests include University of Florida Gators football players Chris Doering and Danny Wuerffel, and University of Georgia Bulldog football players Herschel Walker, Kevin Butler and Lindsay Scott. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the illusionist Ken Hartley, Jr.

Live auction items include, and are not limited to, a signed cleat from New Orleans Saints quarterback and SuperBowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, two tickets to the Navy-Marine Corps Classic between Florida and Georgetown on Nov. 9, 2012 and a Florida Keys fishing trip with Danny Wuerffel and Rich Tutor.

“The dinner is a great way to kick off the big Florida-Georgia rivalry weekend while supporting a great cause,” said Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and executive director of Desire Street Ministries. “The weekend allows the fans, alumni and former rivals of both schools to join forces and raise funds for an organization that is committed to serving and rebuilding the ninth ward of New Orleans and other pockets of poverty in the south.”

The kick-off dinner event coincides with the sold-out second annual Desire Cup Golf Tournament at TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Desire Cup is a way for fans of Georgia and Florida to connect and compete on the golf course during the weekend of the storied Georgia-vs.-Florida rivalry football game.

About Desire Street Ministries
Founded in 1990, Desire Street Ministries transforms neighborhoods by encouraging, equipping and empowering urban leaders. Desire Street Ministries’ mission is to love its neighbors by revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development. For more information on the Desire Cup kick-off dinner and live auction, email Mitch Mitchell at mm@thedesirecup.com or call (904) 557-3630.

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Reminder About the Drifters Concert

Reminder About the Drifters ConcertSponsored by First Coast Community Bank, Doo Wop’s Best 50’s Diner, Nassau County Record, Sourcing Interest Group and the NewsLeader, the Original Drifters are coming to Fernandina Beach for a show on September 27th.

Those of us of a certain age will always remember The Drifters, who recorded hit after hit in the ’50s & ’60s, like Under the Boardwalk, Up on the Roof, and so many more.

This should be a fun opportunity to sing along to your old favorites during a show to benefit Fernandina’s Interfaith Dinner Network in La Tierra Prometida (the old First Baptist Church) at Alachua and 5th Streets in historic Fernandina Beach.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm with local favorites Joey & Jeanie.

General admission tickets are $40 or reserved seats are $50, and may be purchased in advance at First Coast Community Bank branches in Fernandina Beach and Yulee, or at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish administration office.

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First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo in Fernandina Beach

First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo in Fernandina BeachThe First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo is September 27, 2012 at the Amelia National Golf and Country Club.

Women On A Mission To Earn Commission meet for lunch every second and fourth Wednesday to network with other business woman who are hungry to hear what you have to offer!

There will be vendors, raffles, goodie bags and networking, and the event is absolutely FREE to attend. Cocktails are available for purchase, but the sweets and water will be complimentary.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cedar Haven Transitional House for Homeless Women without Children.

For more information vall (734) 341-5507 or visit woamtec.com.

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Family Movie Night Includes Contest for Naming a New Park

Family Movie Night Includes Contest for Naming a New ParkOn Friday, October 19, 2012 8 Flags Playscapes is sponsoring MOVIE IN THE PARK, showing the full-length feature film Dolphin Tale.

The movie will be on a giant screen in Central Park beginning at 6:30 PM.

8 Flags Playscapes, Inc., is dedicated to the healthy physical, mental and social growth of children. They are creating a community-accessible playground that integrates exercise, art, nature, music, imagination, and local history for children of all abilities… and that park needs a name!

Can you think of a great name for the future playground?

If so, and you are 14 years old or younger fill out this FORM and submit it to the address on the bottom of your entry before October 5, 2012.

During the movie event, everyone can vote on their favorite name from among the top few. The winning name will be announced at the end of the movie!

Grab your blankets or chairs and bring the whole family!

Admission is a $5.00 donation per person (maximum $20 per family), and refreshments will be sold.

The $5.00 donation per ticket will entitle the ticket holder to be entered into a drawing to win a 4-pack of tickets to see the star of Dolphin Tale, Winter the dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Overnight accommodations at a Clearwater area hotel are included.

All proceeds will benefit the 8 Flags Playscapes playground project.

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Clarinet and Piano Concert with a Cause September 23, 2012

Rachel Clifton and Peter Wright

Rachel Clifton and Peter Wright

Mouth of Amelia invites you to attend A Concert with a Cause presented by Memorial United Methodist Church featuring Peter Wright, Clarinet; and Rachel Clifton, pianist.

WHEN: Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: The Memorial United Methodist Church Sanctuary is located at 601 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

WHAT: This is a special concert in the series of Concerts with a Cause at the Methodist Church.

The principal clarinetist of the Jacksonville Symphony, Peter Wright, comes home to Fernandina Beach to give a concert to help raise money for the PET project.

The program includes:

Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden, Paul Reade

    1. Prelude, Andante pastorale
    2. Spring, Allegretto
    3. Mists, Lento melancolico
    4. Exotica, Allegro ritmico
    5. Summer, Flowing

Nocturne etincilant, Roger Zare
For basset clarinet & piano

Abractions, Stella Sung
For basset clarinet & piano

Sonatina, Malcolm Arnold

    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Andantino
    3. Furioso

INTERMISSION

Carnival of Venice, Theme and Variations, Paul Jeanjean

Sonata, Francis Poulenc

    1. Allegro Tristamente, Allegretto
    2. Romanza, Très calme
    3. Allegro Con Fuoco, Très anime

Encore: Embraceable You, George Gershwin

WHO: Peter Wright has been the principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) since 1975. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School and then attended Jacksonville University where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree. Peter attended the Eastman School of Music where he received his Master of Music degree and did further studies toward a Doctorate at Florida State University.

Mr. Wright has an interesting hobby of riding roller coasters around the world. He is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) and during his world travels he rides many roller coasters.

Pianist, educator and composer Rachel Clifton performs regularly in chamber music concerts and as a collaborative pianist throughout the United States. She has extensive teaching experience as a former faculty member and pianist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. She has performed at the ClarinetFests in New Orleans, Vancouver, Kansas City and Los Angeles.

Ms. Clifton is a choral conductor at the Bolles School where she has been honored with the Teacher of the Year Award and the Ottenstoer Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Under her direction, the Bolles Choruses have performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, at Walt Disney World, in Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

WHY: To raise funds for the PET Project.

COST: An offering will be appreciated for the Evening’s Cause.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please call Joan Averett at 904-261-5769.

Nursery care is available for families with small children.

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1st Annual Karen’s Ride to Remember

1st Annual Karen's Ride to Remember

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Karen’s Ride to Remember is a 75 mile motorcycle ride being held this Saturday, September 22, 2012 to benefit Walk to End Alzheimer’s that will be held November 17, 2012.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM at Murray’s Grille in Yulee, with kick stands up at 10:00.

There are five stops along the scenic ride through historic Fernandina Beach, then South on A1A and Heckscher Drive. The ride will come back to Yulee by taking Highway 17 North and end up back at Murray’s Grille for an after party with prizes, food and live music.

Riders are $25.00. This includes a T-shirt, BBQ and (1) Grand Prize entry. Passengers are $15.00 and this includes BBQ. Addition BBQ dinners are $10.00 and extra T-shrits are only $15.00.

The Bike Night After Party is from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. There will be live music, a 50/50 drawing, raffles and a silent auction. The Grand Prize Drawing is for a two-night stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Registration forms are avaliable at Murray’s or on Facebook at facebook.com/KarensRideToRemember, under photos.

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Books, Toys, Books and Toys

Books, Toys, Books and ToysMouth of Amelia has sent word of another spectacular sale presented by the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary.

Friday, September 21, 2012, at the hospital, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the auxiliary will hold a sale of new books for all ages and educational toys for children.

This is one of the many ways the Auxiliary of the Hospital raises money for equipment for the hospital.

The Mouth’s spies tell her that the books and toys are very reasonable!

For more information please call the Auxiliary Office at 321-3818.

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Amelia Concours d’Elegance tops 2 Million in Donations to Local Charities

Amelia Concours d'Elegance tops 2 Million in Donations to Local Charities

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I pulled this directly from the Concours d’Elegance newsletter. This news was simply too exciting not to share with our community!

Amelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, Inc. presented a check to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida for $100,000. This brings “The Amelia’s” total donations to local charities to over $2 million since the Concours’ inception in 1996.

“We’re again able to donate a significant portion of the show’s proceeds to Community Hospice,” said Bill Warner, Amelia Island Concours Founder and Chairman. “While Hospice of Northeast Florida is our primary charity, we’re also very pleased to donate significant amounts to several other very deserving local groups. My heartfelt thanks go out to the entire community, to our volunteers and our sponsors for their support; they make all of this possible.”

Other charities receiving donations from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation in 2012 include Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the “Shop With Cops” programs of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County.

Community Hospice has been a fixture in North Florida since 1979, helping those with advanced illness live better quality lives regardless of their financial circumstances. The Spina Bifida of Jacksonville is dedicated to ending the scourge of spina bifida and helps those afflicted with the birth defect lead normal lives. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s mission is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors, when in need, and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs. The “Shop With Cops” program matches needy children and their families with Fernandina Beach Police officers and Nassau County Sheriff deputies for an annual Christmas shopping trip.

“These great organizations provide much needed service and comfort to the North Florida community,” Warner says. “These charities are close to our hearts; they were not chosen randomly. To be able to support these groups says much about the extraordinary generosity of spirit of the people of the First Coast. We’re privileged to be able to help.”

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Back To School Family Beach Run 2012

Back To School Family Beach Run 2012The Fifth Annual Communities In Schools Back to School Beach Run is October 13th at 1:30 p.m. The non-competitive 5K run or 2K walk at Peter’s Point Park is a fun day for the entire family with music, food and awards.

“We are focused on giving kids the tools they need to succeed in school and in life,” says Theresa Duncan, CIS Nassau Community Coordinator. “This event and the activities leading up to it help us in that mission by encouraging families to spend time together and by helping to promote healthy, active lifestyles.” In the weeks leading up to the event, CIS volunteers will visit Nassau County Schools to provide health and fitness information, training techniques, and encouragement to participating students.

The Nassau County school with the most total adult and child participants will receive a prize of $1,000 to be used for health or fitness related. Last year, Callahan Middle School won first place and Yulee Middle won the $500 second place prize. All public and private K-12 schools in the county are eligible to win.

Registration information is online at www.ameliaislandrunners.com, and forms will be available at all Nassau County schools after September 1st. The run is open to all children, teens and adults. Adult entry is $20 and sponsors are also needed at $20 each to ensure all students 18 and under can participate for free. A limited number of business sponsorships are also available.

CIS Nassau surrounds students with a community of support to help them to succeed in school and in life. This year alone 560 youth in six Nassau schools received intensive individual and small group support and remediation. Services are provided before, during, and after school and may include academic tutoring, summer remediation, family support, food, clothing, college and career exploration, individual coaching, bullying prevention, anger management, and healthy lifestyles education.

In addition to case-managed services, over 3,000 youth age 11-18 had access to large-group, walk-in, short-term or referral services provided by CIS at Nassau County middle and high schools.

CIS Nassau is a private nonprofit and is funded partially by the United Way of Northeast Florida and The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation.

More information or to find out how you can help, visit us online at www.CISNassau.org or contact Theresa Duncan at (904)321-2000.

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2012 Friends of the Library Book Sale

2012 Friends of the Library Book Sale  Fernandina Beach, FL – One of the most eagerly anticipated weekends for book lovers of all ages is coming up soon, and Friends of the Library volunteers are already accepting book donations to make it the biggest, most successful sale ever.

Thousands of books donated by local readers will be sold at bargain basement prices November 2 – 4, at the Peck Center to support library operations and programming.

“We eagerly accept just about all types and urge everyone to drop off their donations soon so we can sort, alphabetize and showcase them properly during the sale,” says Bruce Morrison, book sale chairman.

The sale will feature a broad assortment of fiction and non-fiction books in dozens of categories as well as hundreds of CDs and DVDs.

Children’s books are always very popular and will be greatly appreciated.

If you have just a few items to donate, leave them in the teal colored collection box under the covered walkway in front of Peck Head Start at 511 S. 11th St.

A collection area for larger donations is in the Peck School at 516 South 10th Street.

Go in the front entrance (Fir Street between S. 10th and S. 11th Streets), turn right and look for the Friends of the Library sign on your left, next to the stairwell.

With most items are priced at $2.00 or less, past sales have generated approximately $15,000 annually in support of our Library.

For first choice among the thousands of volumes, plan to attend the Friends of the Library Members Only preview sale on Thursday, November 1 from 5 – 7pm. If you aren’t a member, you can join at the door.

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Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally at Fernandina Airport

Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally at Fernandina AirportThe Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally is September 15th at the Fernandina Beach Airport benefiting both the Nassau Humane Society and the Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County.

This unique running/walking event is being held in memory of Ben Byrns. Participants will complete a 5K run or walk on airport taxiways and runways.

Prizes will be awarded.
The top male and female finisher will be awarded a certificate for a sightseeing flight around Amelia Island!

Registration begins at 6:30 AM, at the airport on Saturday.

The Nassau Humane Society is currently raising funds to build a new facility.

The new Fernandina Beach building for the Boys and Girls Club bgcnassau.org/of Nassau County is on schedule for a September completion date.

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2nd Annual Chef’s Dinner Benefits Katie Caples Foundation

2nd Annual Chef's Dinner Benefits Katie Caples FoundationEnjoy an evening of culinary delights at Osprey Village on Amelia Island with inventive cuisine at the 2nd Annual Chef’s Dinner benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation, Sunday, September 30, 2012. The dinner will feature hors d’oeuvres at the silent auction, offering private dinners with the featured chefs. Then guests will dine on a spectacular 5-course dinner with wine pairings showcasing the superb talents of our local culinary masters. Two Omni Amelia Island Plantation chefs, Chefs Christopher Pickren from the Ocean Grill and Brennan Pickren, Garde Manager and Pastry Chef, will be featured along with Jaime LeBlanc, Director of Dining Services at Osprey Village; Michael Gass, Owner and Chef at Kelley’s Courtyard Café; Donna Reilly, Owner and Chef of My Personal Chef; and Dale Ford, the Executive Chef at Omni Richmond.

“We are looking forward to another incredible evening with the chefs from the 2011 event returning and the addition of the Pickren brothers from Omni Amelia Island Plantation,” said Lance Jones, Director Katie Caples Foundation. “We are truly blessed to have this group of talented chefs and community support the Foundation.”

The Katie Caples Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in Florida. The Foundation was created in 1998 when Katie Caples, 17, became an organ and tissue donor following a fatal automobile accident. The Foundation has implemented an ambitious organ donor education program and received the James S. Wolf, MD Courage Award in 2011 by Donate Life America. The Katie Ride, presented by Mayo Clinic, is the signature event for the foundation to raise awareness and support for organ donor education. For more information, visit www.KatieRideForLife.org.

Tickets are $75.00. Cocktail attire, please and jackets are preferred for gentlemen.

For tickets and more information contact Lance Jones at (904) 310-5864 or Lance@KatieRideForLife.org.

The Menu

COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Spicy Tuna Cornet • Serano Wrapped Asparagus • Braised -n- Pressed Pork Belly
Zardetto Prosecco (Italy)

DINNER & DESSERT
First Course: Warm Burrata Salad & Fava Beans
Condesa Eylo Verdejo (Spain)

Second Course: Pan-roasted Corvina over Spaghetti Squash with Goat Cheese and Herbs
Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rosé (France)

Third Course: Duck Three Ways with Cranberries and Pistachios
Brassfield Pinot Noir (California)

Fourth Course: Beef Tenderloin with Bleu Cheese Bread Pudding, Carrot Soufflé and Haricot Vert
Ernie Els Big Easy Red (South Africa)

Fifth Course: Cinnamon and Spice Apple Pecan Bundles with Brandy Butter and Caramel Sauce
Bouchaine Chardonnay Bouche d’Or (California)

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