Letter: Thanks to all for a tremendous ‘Taste’

The 13th annual “Taste of Rappahannock” held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Belle Meade Schoolhouse in Sperryville was a tremendous success. The glorious weather added a wonderful uplifting feeling to the event and more than 330 guests were truly generous when it came time to buy auction items and make Challenge donations. The sold-out event will provide much-needed funds for Headwaters, whose mission is to foster excellence in education for the children of Rappahannock County.

The success of the event was due to the hard work of many, many people and organizations. We would like to thank everybody for their time, effort and contributions. If it takes a village to raise a child then it takes an army of volunteers to make a night like this a reality. The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Rappahannock County!

It is impossible to list all of the people who help on this event but we hope you know that your efforts are truly appreciated. Please see the full-page ad in this week’s paper for more information about the event. And, like almost everything about the event, the cost of the ad in this week’s paper has been donated to Headwaters.

A special thank you to Mary Arthur, instructor, and all of the students of the Rappahannock County High School Culinary Arts classes who helped with much of the food preparation and set up for the event. In addition we had students from the RCHS Band program, current faculty members from both schools, and former students and faculty members assisting us. These volunteers were truly amazing in their display of joyful enthusiasm, hard work and professionalism they exhibited in everything they did. Everybody who volunteered to work at the event contributed to the success of the evening.

Thanks to the following committee members for months of planning and hard work: Mary Arthur, Steve Carroll, Donna Kevis, Sandra Cartwright-Brown, Linda Dietel, Jen Perot, Fawn Evenson, Joan Herrema, Laura Overstreet, Susie MacNelly, Barney O’Meara, Eve Willis, Jennifer Manly, Martha Donegan, Joan Ballard, Juli MacDonald-Wimbush and Gail Swift.

Toni Egger, executive director of Headwaters, program coordinator Anna Garcia, assistant Annelise Riedel and all of the Headwaters board deserve a big thank you for all of their help in planning and carrying out this event. It is an honor and a privilege to work with such a great group of people.

Terri Lehman, Ashleigh Cannon Sharp and Cheri Woodard
Co-chairs, 13th Annual “Taste of Rappahannock”

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