The eighth annual St. Jude Taste of Oxford will be at The Library Wednesday night with general admission starting at 7 p.m. Last year the event raised $225,000 with a 2015 goal of $250,000, said committee chairman Elizabeth Randall.
“The Taste of Oxford is one of the fastest growing St. Jude fundraisers in the country. We are on their top ten list for highest profit margin, largest auction, and fastest growing,” she said. “The success is really attributed to the important pieces: 1. incredible generosity by our community, 2. an outstanding and amazingly hard working committee, and 3. a great cause.”
In the previous seven years, the event has combined to raise almost $1 million. If the $250,000 is raised, it could run St. Jude for the three hours. St. Jude was founded in 1962 and has a mission statement to provide care for all children in need.
“To advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”
During the event there will be food provided by the likes of City Grocery, Gus’s Fried Chicken, My Michelle’s, South Depot and more. There will also be music provided by the Patrick Smith Band, and live and silent auctions. Auction items are wide ranging, from a one-week stay at a luxury beach house in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, to a tunnel run with four pregame sideline passes for the LSU game, to even dinner and drinks for 100 at Woodson Ridge Farms. The auction has a wide range, sure to have something for everyone.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the door.
Michael Quirk is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.