0915 Toast of the Town

Attendees enjoy last year's Toast of the Town fundraiser.

Formal attire, fine food and fundraising will be the order of the evening for Toast of the Town this coming Friday.

Burke County United Way’s signature fundraiser returns that evening from 6-9 p.m. at Hidden Hill Venue, located at 6572 Burkemont Road in Morganton. Reservations, which cost $60 per person, now are being accepted online at bcuw.org/toastofthetown.

The fundraiser at the mountainside location will support a number of causes championed by Burke County United Way to support local children and the community, according to information from the organization. The fundraiser will be accompanied by live music from Sandra Bennett and The Riverstones.

Specifically, proceeds from Toast of the Town support the Burke County United Way’s For Burke Kids (4BK) Embracing the Future Fund, according to a press release. Grants are awarded every year through a vetted allocation process to local organizations that provide services to the youth in the community.

“It’s definitely our biggest fundraiser,” said Abigail Taylor, the marketing and administrative professional for Burke County United Way. “It’s the fundraiser for our big 4BK grant. That grant helps a lot of different programs in the community. I think that United Way has a very important position in the community. That position is to make a very large impact.

“So, I think as far as fundraising events go, this event is one that’s going to impact a lot of children in our community, which is really important. Not only is it fun because of all the things we have planned and the theme — which is a black tie formal, ‘Stars on the Red Carpet,’ so we’re doing the Hollywood thing — but people are getting opportunities to donate to United Way’s grant, which is going to help a lot of children.”

The evening also will be highlighted by two major prize package giveaways, according to the release. One is called “Adventures Abound” and the other is “Head to Toe.” Those in attendance can buy raffle tickets for chances to win the prizes.

The “Adventures Abound” package includes a three-night cabin rental, a private guided hike by Kenny Fleming — which includes a commemorative digital photography book, “Beech Mountain” — ski lift tickets, ski rentals by CBS Sports, Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing passes, Bigfoot Climbing Gym passes, Appalachian State University football tickets, a Silver Creek Plantation golf package, Grandfather Mountain passes, and a seafood buffet dinner at the Eseeola Lodge.

The “Head to Toe” prize package features a gift certificate for a botox dysport treatment from Dr. Jonathon Lowery of Morganton Eye Physicians, a six-month premium gym membership and class package from Workout Anytime, a custom stylist body and closet consultation and custom-sewn outfit from Aleshia Mathews at Manazhe Fashions, three personal training sessions at Phifer Wellness, a hot stone massage with Natasha Stanley of Body Therapy, a DoTerra essential oil basket and wellness consultation, and a deep tissue massage with Kristen Belanger of AmaZen Day Spa.

“A lot of elements of those packages were secured by different people on the board and on our Toast of the Town organizational team,” Taylor said.

Additionally, according to the release, local artist Sterling Lieske will create a live painting that will be auctioned at the end of the event, much like she did at the recent ART/RE/ART event. The painting she completed during that event is hanging in the community room at Food Matters Market and Café in Morganton.

Toast of the Town’s attendance will be capped at approximately 120 people. As of Friday, 64 people had registered.

For 2018-19, 4BK grants were given to BCPS School RN Kid Power, Burke County 4H, Burke Arts Council, Burke United Christian Ministries, Morganton Department of Public Safety DARE, Foothills Service Project’s Big Back Yard Summer Camp, Special Olympics of Burke County, Burke Augustine Literacy Project, Exploring Joara Foundation, Burke Sunrise Rotary, Options, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Burke Recovery, North Liberty School Theraquine, and The Outreach Center.

For more information, visit bcuw.org or call 828-433-0681.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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