APRIL EVENT SPOTLIGHT: DC TASTE OF THE NATION

Get your taste on to help end child hunger.


Who: Share Our Strength
What: No Kid Hungry | Taste of the Nation
When: April 19, 2017
Time: 7PM general admission / 6PM For VIP

Where: Nationals Park
Address: 1500 S. Capitol St. SE., Washington, DC

So, every once in a while  an organization comes along who genuinely cares. This organization actually rolls up their sleeves and really tries to make a difference in this world — and Share Our Strength definitely seems to be setting the bar quite high for the rest of us.

Share Our Strength is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight to end child hunger in America. The nonprofit, like many of its kind, comes from very humble beginnings, starting out in the basement of a Capitol Hill Row house way back in 1984. Since then, the organization has grown, diversified and thrived, becoming a key driver in the DC area in the efforts to help eradicate child hunger. The organization does so through their vast network “made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. ”

Since its inception over thirty years ago, Share Our Strength has implemented several programs and initiatives in order to help accomplish this goal with their No Kid Hungry campaign going national and spotlighting several individual children in need and their personal stories.

They offer a wide range of other programs nationally in various regions spread throughout the country such as their 2012 project where they partnered with Deloitte to study  longitudinal effects of children participating in the School Breakfast Program.

Another program expounds upon teacher experiences with childhood hunger and details the data and information in the  Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report which shares their “unique perspective on this American crisis with a formal national survey”.

Their Faces of SNAP program takes initiative in providing the public with personal stories of real families that rely on food assistance for survival in order to promote awareness and details various government cuts and Congress’ work on the Farm Bill.

This upscale fundraising event is definitely a must-attend for those interested in becoming actively involved in supporting their communities while socializing with other like-minded individuals and progressives in the area. Individuals can attend by purchasing a ticket or additionally choose to contribute their time by volunteering.

The highly publicized event offers guests the privilege to “mix, mingle and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 90 top chefs” and other various distinguished individuals in the food industry. Esteemed names include the likes of  Nadine Brown as 2017 Sommelier Chair from Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, Derek Brown of the Columbia Room Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency, Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop and George Pagonis of Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna and Kapnos Kouzina.

The event is sure to be on fire much like last year’s with big hitting national sponsors participating in the charitable cause including names such as Citi, Sysco, Food Network, Open Table and The Glenlivet, with Citi sponsoring musical guest Judah and the Lion.

Various ticket levels are offered to fit the needs of patrons, beginning with general admission ($100) which offers individuals access to the main event form the hours of 7PM to 9:30PM. VIP tickets ($150) give individuals an extra hour of experience in addition to a VIP event gift back as made possible by many of the generous sponsors.

The third tier, VIP Club Level ($250) offers patrons an additional hour of access to the festivities beginning at 6PM as well as a complementary VIP event gift bag in addition to access to their exclusive club level seating which includes a private bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The fourth and final tier for those looking to make a significant impact or large corporate groups is the Executive Suite ($5,000), which offers patrons 20 club level tickets, access to their on-site private suite area with a “dedicated mixologist” as well as private seating for guests, hors d’oeuvres served by personal waitstaff, goody bags and other various treats and surprises.

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