A free-admission fundraiser event to be held on Thursday, November 5th
It’s one thing to have heard about the “Flavor of Fall,” the annual event that draws some of the area’s top chefs who donate their time and talents to help raise funds for the Brenda Hanchar Foundation.
Now it’s time to taste all the flavors.
In a one-night gathering, chefs and Fort Wayne notables will serve their favorite soups, chili, chowders and gumbos at the historical Baker Street Train Station, 221 West Baker Street in downtown Fort Wayne from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mayor Tom Henry will also present a proclamation.
It’s their contributions to the third annual fundraising event for the foundation, named after former Waynedale resident Brenda Hanchar, a nurse who passed away from cancer in 2003 but whose legacy remains with the charitable foundation that was formed by her husband, Tom, in 2006.
Some of the area’s finer restaurants will be represented: Chappell’s on Broadway; Aboite Grill; Fort Wayne Country Club; Pine Valley Country Club; Sycamore Hills Country Club; Hall’s restaurants; Bourbon Street Hideaway; My Menu; Market Street from Wabash. Then there are others who will bring their specialties: Jane Avery of the Community Harvest Food Bank; Richard Stevenson, Wayne Township Trustee; John Clendenen, Leo Town Council president. Even the Fort Wayne Derby Girls, whose charitable contributions have been nationally recognized, will bring their chili.
At the end of the night, one will be chosen as the favorite “Flavor of Fall,” and ballots are dollars. Whoever collects the most donations in their respective “tip jar” will receive an inscribed ladle.
In addition to the flavors, there will also be entertainment and an auction.
Music will be provided by the University of Saint Francis Jazz Ensemble, and items for bid in a silent auction include restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf, artwork, a holiday carriage ride, tickets to sporting events and more.
The mission of the Brenda Hanchar Foundation is to help those who are unable to afford physician directed medical equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and transfer benches.
It is estimated that 30 percent of the population is without medical insurance. Recent surveys of various Allen County hospital discharge planners find that approximately 200 people are sent home monthly without the means to purchase prescribed medications or medical equipment.
And this is where the Brenda Hanchar Foundation plays its role.
Proceeds from the “Flavor of Fall”, which is the largest fundraising event that the foundation has, go to buying new and repairing old equipment.
“Our foundation is 100 percent volunteer,” said Cynthia Cornwell, executive director. “Nothing goes to an executive or anybody on staff. Everyone is a volunteer, which is quite unique.”
Cornwell said even a few of the patients who have been assisted by the foundation will attend the “Flavor of Fall.”
“That’s what we’re all about – helping those who are unable to help themselves or unable to provide for themselves.”