Food is often the key to having a successful event. So what can be better than making food the main event? It was on Saturday night at the 11th Annual Food Tasting event held inside the American Legion hall in Vinton.
"The Town of Vinton puts it on as the major fundraiser for [their] Relay for Life event benefitting the American Cancer Society. Funds raised will go toward cancer research and for the programs we provide to patients," said Ariel Caraway, American Cancer Society (ACS) Community Representative for Calcasieu.
Over three dozen vendors supplied samples off their menus, which included Asian, Cajun, American, Mexican and Italian dishes, and numerous other donors provided items for that night's silent and live auctions. Dishes was separated according their respective cuisines, allowing diners to have a 'worldly' dining experience, reflecting the night's them of 'Reflections of Hope Around the World.'
Anywhere between 200 to 300 people were estimated to have made their way to that night's event. Funds raised were expected to be in the thousands.
"Last year we raised around $8,000. Every year we seem to be able to raise a little more. This year we hope to raise $10,000," said Caraway.
Vinton is expected to hold their Relay for Life event on Friday, April 26, with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. It is one of only three held in Calcasieu - DeQuincy and Lake Charles also hold their own events. The Lake Charles Relay for Life, according to Caraway, is the third largest in the state and will be held this year on May 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
"Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It allows communities to come together to celebrate the lives of survivors who have beaten the disease and to remember those who have lost their lives. We all come out together in support of the fight to end the disease. We go all night in honor and in memory of these folks and in hope that one day we will have a cure for cancer," said Caraway.
The exact location for this year's event in Vinton is not yet officially settled, but it has been held in previous years at Vinton High School.
"We don't have a location yet. Last year it was at the high school ,and it should be there again this year. We are working getting that confirmed, but it will be on the night of April 26," said Caraway.
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