ESA Taster’s Luncheon Celebrates The Big 3-0

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

When the Alpha Beta ESA chapter was considering dates for the 2017 Taster’s Luncheon, members decided that September 30 would be the perfect day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the annual luncheon that began back in 1987 benefitting the Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center.

The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center, a local non-profit organization, provides services to more than 800 children across the Southeast that are born with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The Center provides medical, financial and psycho-social support to the patient families.

During its 30-year association with the Center, Alpha Beta has helped to raise funds for the Center not only through the Taster’s Luncheon, but also through its annual nut sale each fall.  In addition, the chapter supplies assistance during the Center’s annual Little Angels Golf Tournament in June and provides hotdogs, chips, sodas, and cookies during the annual Roll, Stroll, and Ride in late September. Over a span of 30 years, the chapter has helped to raise more than $250,000 for the center.

The luncheon takes place on Saturday, Sept. 30, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 7111 Lee Highway.

This event not only provides a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres, salads and desserts, but also includes a fabulous fashion show with clothing provided by CATO, a $100 cash drawing, a Chinese auction (tickets 20 for $5) as well as a bidding auction. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. After all guests have selected their “tastes,” and are seated, the fashion show begins.
Only those attendees who have bought their ticket in advance and have it in hand at the door are eligible to win the $100 cash drawing – one winner will be drawn at the event. Chinese Auction items are valued between $25-$50 each, while bidding items are valued much higher.

“The generous support from Alpha Beta ESA allows us to continue our mission of making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community. Funds raised from the Taster’s Luncheon go directly to our medical case management program to treat children born with birth defects of the brain and spine,” said Boehm Birth Defects Center Executive Director Elizabeth Myers.

The show, emceed by Jed Mescon, will be captioned for attendees with hearing loss. Kohl’s Cares for Kids provide assistance at the event. Taster’s Luncheon tickets are $15 per person. Call 266-5215 or 778-2222 for advance tickets.




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