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We may only think of Audrey Hepburn as a successful actress, but Ms. Hepburn was also a celebrated community volunteer. She stated, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Morganton is fortunate to have many “Audrey-like” women in its midst and many are found in The Pilot Club of Morganton. These Pilots are talented women who strive to build a better community by providing support for those who care for others, working diligently preparing youth and young adults for future service by offering scholarships and sponsoring Anchor Clubs at Freedom and Patton high schools. Taste of Burke event, held April 16, helped Pilots raise funds to sustain its service projects. Pilots thank the many vendors, volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s event another success!

Thank you to our vendors: Angel Jo’s Cookie Art, Catawba Valley Brewing Company, Di-Lishi, Fatz, Fisherman’s Catch, Fonta Flora, Friday Friends, Hursey’s Bar-B-Q, Judges, Lake James Cellars, Maria’s Italian Eatery, Mimosa Hills Country Club, Moon Dog Pizza, Morganton Community House, My Mobile Bakery, Old Work Baking Company, Reese Winery, Sidetracked Brewery, Silver Fork Winery, South Creek Winery, The Grind Café, The Pie Hole, Timberwoods, Treat and Yianni’s. Many patrons commented that the Taste of Burke vendors “…pulled out all the stops in both quality of food items and excellent customer service”.

The Taste of Burke requires financial support with upfront costs in event planning. We extend a special thank you to those sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: Key Technologies, Wall Lumber, The News Herald, WMNC 92.1 The Big Dawg and Morganton Downtown Development Association.

Silver Sponsors: Ace Hardware, First Brockland Insurance, Fitzgerald Nursery, 100 West Union Men’s Store, Edward Jones, Haugen-Carver Financial, Lowe’s Family Nursey, Morganton Natural Foods, Mule Creek Trading Co., King’s Construction, John Greene Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Frans’ Apiaries, The Dickson Family, Brian Hissom & Co., Foothills Family Finance, New Age Fitness and Capital Bank.

Other donors included: Bower’s Insurance, State Farm Insurance-Rick Franklin, CoMMA, Doug Briggs, Root & Vine and Panera Bread.

A special thanks to Danny and Deborah Dixon, Joseph Hasty and The Morganton Community House staff for their support as well.

Thank you Burke County for giving us the tools to serve by supporting our fundraisers. Remember when communities work together; “Nothing is impossible, for the very word is I’m possible” – Audrey Hepburn.

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