One of Oxford’s most looked-forward-to annual events is back this Wednesday with piano wildman Jason D. Williams tearing up the keys—as guests enjoy food samplings from restaurants around town.
The annual St. Jude Taste of Oxford returns to the Library Bar & Grill in Oxford this Wednesday night, February 12. It’s one of St. Jude’s fastest growing events in the country in money raised, says Elizabeth Randall, one of Taste’s organizers. “We anticipate around 700 people in attendance and have about twice the sponsorship as last year,” Johnson says.
The event is hosted by CNBC market commentator Peter Costa. Richard Cross returns in his role as emcee.
“Our goal this year is to raise $175,000, and we are encouraged about where we are with sponsorship leading into the event,” Randall says. “Last year, we hit $150,000. It currently costs about $1.9 million a day to run St. Jude, and this increases about $100,000 per year. If we hit our goal, this event would run St. Jude for two hours, which would be an amazing accomplishment for a community of our size. Although St. Jude serves children from all over the world, it has treated children in Oxford as well, so we can all feel a little personal connection in that regard.”
The event presents a plethora of noshes from local eateries.
“The restaurants do an amazing job providing creative foods samplings,” Randall says. “Guests at the event will be able to purchase bottomless wine glasses painted by the patients at St Jude especially for this event. Our committee had the opportunity to tour St. Jude’s hospital and campus Friday, where we were able to learn much more about this fantastic institution and about Danny Thomas, the man who founded St. Jude at a time in his life when he had very little.”
Here’s more information:
Doors Open for Sponsors at 6 p.m.
Doors Open for Guests at 7 p.m.
Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m. until 8:25 p.m.
Live Auction begins at 8:30 p.m.
Music by Jason D. Williams
Some of the Items to be Auctioned:
Yeti Cooler donated by Sayle Oil Company
Wine Tasting by A. J. Kiamie and Dinner by Chef John Stokes for 10 at Your Home
Two Tickets to Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City on September 14 donated by Sam Haskell
Ole Miss vs. Tennessee Team Tunnel Run with Sideline Passes for four, donated by Ole Miss Athletics
Hunting & Gathering ~ Men’s Duck Hunt at Egypt Plantation in Cruger, MS with Preston Thomas & Ladies Wild Game Cooking Class with Game Dinner by Chef Elizabeth Heiskell for 6
Five Whole Angus Ribeye Loins (approximately 70 steaks) donated by Performance Food Group with a bonus deep freezer donated by Eddie Maloney
Spa Day for 4 at Epicure Skin Therapy, includes Cranberry Enzyme Facial, 50-minute Swedish massage, and Sweet Tea Surrender Manicure and Pedicure along with Baskets of the Spa’s Most Popular Items for each guest
Day with the Brewmeisters at Yalobusha Brewing Company for four
Two Rounds of Golf for three at the Blue Course and the Gold Course with Stay at Congressional Country Club