Letter: A ‘Taste’ of excellence

Many thanks for the amazing support for this year’s 15th annual “Taste of Rappahannock.” Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students, businesses and members of the community who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. It is impossible to list all the people who help with this event but we hope you know that your efforts are truly appreciated.

September's welcome change in weather is signaled by the spectacular post-storm sunset that started off the 15th annual Taste of Rappahannock at Belle Meade School. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.
September’s welcome change in weather is signaled by the spectacular post-storm sunset that started off the15th annual Taste of Rappahannock at Belle Meade School. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

A special thank-you to Jan and Ron Makela and Rick and Kaye Kohler, who once again handled the daunting task of “check-in” with extraordinary flair. Dr. Paula Howland, Next Step director, and Elizabeth Blubaugh, Starfish director, worked behind the scenes before, during and after the event, making great things happen. Thank you to Belle Meade, Susan Hoffman and Mike Biniek, for sharing their beautiful spot in Rappahannock County.

A special thank you to chef and instructor Kurt Streu and all the students of Rappahannock County High School’s 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 and current faculty members from both schools assisting us. Thanks especially to Layne Vickers, Amy Gubler, Elaine Frank, James Sharpe, Karen Sanborn, Margaret Lee, Steve Hrabek, Cynthia Volk, Brad Weeks, David Naser, Jen Rattigan, Sandy Gillingham and Alex Coffroth. These volunteers were truly amazing in their display of enthusiasm, hard work and professionalism they exhibited in everything they did. Everyone who volunteered to work at the event contributed to the success of the evening.

Rappahannock County High School teachers and staff (including culinary arts instructor Kurt Streu, in the white chef's jacket) became kitchen and serving staff for the Taste of Rappahannock. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
Rappahannock County High School teachers and staff (including culinary arts instructor Kurt Streu, in the white chef’s jacket) became kitchen and serving staff for the Taste of Rappahannock. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Thanks to the following committee members for months of planning and hard work: Joan Ballard, Sandra Cartwright-Brown, Linda Dietel, Toni Egger, Donna Kevis, Susie MacNelly, Jennifer Manly, Laura Overstreet and Jen Perrot. A special thank you to Barney O’Meara and Steve Carroll, our set-up/take-down crew – their “can-do” attitude is inspirational. Also, thank you to Cheri and Martin Woodard, Amanda Stevens, Bill Butcher, Anna Maher, Alex Sharp, Rick and Dot Lessard, Jennifer Aldrich, Steve Howell, Patti Brennan, Mark Sanborn, Adam and Robane Beroza, Brace Wauchter, Becky Caroline, Kaye Miller, Alice Anderson, Sally Cunningham, Kim and Dave Gibson, Anna Kosteche and Pablo Castillo, Bernd Jung, Dede McClure, Ray Boc and Buck Becker, who worked with Headwaters to make the evening a success. Brittany Dwyer, Naomi Weingarten, Klaire Gubler, Maddie Kopjanski, Naomi and Nina Yonas Yirgu were students who handled every task with a gracious composure. Thank you.

It was an outstanding evening, meal and auction. Because of the communities’ generosity, the dinner, auction and raffle events were all successful! The proceeds from this once-a-year fundraiser support Headwaters and its programs, including Starfish Mentoring, Next Step, Farm-to-Table, Mini-Grants and the After-School Program. The programs directly support the mission of Headwaters, which is to foster educational excellence in Rappahannock County by cultivating the cooperative spirit and resources of the whole community for the benefit of our young people.

Thank you, community!

Jane Bowling-Wilson
Headwaters executive director
Ashleigh Cannon-Sharp and Terri Lehman
“Taste” co-chairs

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