Best of Taste raises $13,000

Funds raised benefit the Junior League of Fort Myers and the Red Sox Foundation

Clay Miller

Clay Miller

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2016) – The Red Sox Foundation and the Junior League of Fort Myers’ second annual Best of Taste in the Park raised $13,000.

During the Best of Taste in the Park, attendees were able to participate in judging offerings from participating restaurants to decide the “People’s Choice Award” that will be showcased at the annual Taste of the Town.

Participating restaurants hosted stations offering attendees tastings of their entries which were then voted on by the public for the “People’s Choice Award.” Dishes entered had to be a dish the restaurant will be serving at Taste of the Town.

In addition to the tastings and judging, attendees enjoyed complimentary beer and wine, craft spirit tastings, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items, self-guided tours, raffle prizes and complimentary admission to Taste of the Town on Nov. 6.

“The goal of this event was to attract an audience of food connoisseurs and philanthropic-minded citizens who are looking for a unique night out not found anywhere else in Southwest Florida,” said Laura Richardson, chair of Taste of the Town. “This event is a win-win for our local community.”

All funds raised at the event will be split between the Junior League of Fort Myers and the Red Sox Foundation to be given back to our local community.

Sponsors for Best of Taste in the Park include Scanlon Auto Group, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Gulfshore Life, Suncoast Beverage Sales, Coastal Beverages, List Distillery and the Key West Express.

The 34th Annual Taste of the Town, Southwest Florida’s original “taste” event and one of the largest outdoor food and entertainment festivals, will be held at JetBlue Park on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The Red Sox Foundation, one of the most successful in all of Major League Baseball, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. The Foundation’s primary focus locally is in serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across Southwest Florida.

A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLFM is also a granting organization, providing mini-grants to organizations through out Southwest Florida’s five-county area to programs that create better life outcomes for our area’s youth. JLFM memberships are open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. For more information about the JLFM League, call 239-277-1197 or visit www.jlfm.org.

For more information about Best of Taste in the Park or the annual Taste of the Town, call 239-277-1197 or email tasteofthetown@jlfm.org. For ongoing updates on Taste of the Town, visit www.jlfmtaste.com.

John & Jay Scanlon

John & Jay Scanlon

John Scanlon & Jennifer Adams

John Scanlon & Jennifer Adams

Katie & Danny Haas

Katie & Danny Haas

Matt & Jodi Hanson

Matt & Jodi Hanson

Nicole Brenne & Anita Duenas

Nicole Brenne & Anita Duenas

Shelley & Jack Blais

Shelley & Jack Blais

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