Longtime Waynedale residents Mike and Cheryl Mowan declared the recent “A Taste of Waynedale” hosted by Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne an unqualified success, a sentiment echoed by Vince and Marty LaBarbara as well as many other visitors, vendors, volunteers, merchants and staffers.
“There is a great variety of food here, and I’m impressed with all the vendors who donate their time and food,” said Cheryl Mowan. “The small selections of food you would not ordinarily buy are just right for sampling to see if you like them enough to buy next time you patronize the vendor’s facility.”
The gala, held last Tuesday, was a fundraiser for Community Harvest Food Bank. Local vendors offered delectable samples of their wares – those who didn’t attend missed some fantastic food and drink for the paltry admission fee of only $10. Among the generous vendors were Casa Ristorante Italiano, Nine Mile, Bandido’s, Azar’s, Pizza Hut, Waynedale Bakery, Subway, Hill’s Market, Minnie’s Diner, Hall’s Drive-In, Jim K’s Pizza, The Lantern, Scott’s Foods, Key III Candy, Pike’s Pub, East of Chicago, The Stand, Friendly Fox, China Palace, The Waynedale News, and Chappell’s Coral Grill, Belmont Beverage, My Menu, and GFS Marketplace.
According to Kingston Marketing Director Camille Garrison, a lot more people attended this year’s fundraiser.
“Last year, we had about 450 people, and this year it has topped 600,” said Camille, adding that Kingston Residence always tries to be involved in community affairs such as this one.
“People have been eager to contribute, not only as food vendors but also as donors to our silent auction and we’re grateful for their participation. Last year we garnered 40 merchants for the silent auction and this year the total went up to 69. In all, it has been a huge success – this year we raised $7400.”
The gala was spread out over the first and second floors of the facility and thanks to the lovely warm weather, the scenic outdoor plazas were also available for people to wander out and sit at one of the tables as they ate, drank and enjoyed visiting with each other.
Another guest, Theresa Lannon, was a first-time visitor, and said her father had lived at Kingston and the family was always so impressed by the loving care he got from the staff there. Being at the event brought back fond memories of her father and the good times they shared there.
It was Mike Mowan, however, who summed up the giving spirit of the popular get-together.
“This is a perfect opportunity to visit with friends and enjoy the food,” said Mike. “And best of all, it supports a wonderful cause – the Community Harvest Food Bank does so much good in our area, we welcome this chance to support and thank them for their efforts.”
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