Created to assist individuals and families with short-term emergency needs for which no government or other programs are available, the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund was established in December 2008 by means of anonymous matching grants.
Since 2010, most of the funds matched against the grants have come from the organization’s annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. This year’s dinner, held last Saturday (Jan. 26), raised more than $30,000 – funds to be matched by the anonymous donor and used by the program throughout the year.
Waiting on tables at the Sperryville Schoolhouse were Margy Day and Steve Morse, Debbie Donehey, Mimi Forbes, Joe Gale, Will Hopkins, John Guido, Natalie Hathaway, Kate Cliffton, John Kiser, Mike Leake, John Lesinski and Fran Krebser, Mike and Lisa Mendell, Cliff Miller, Sallie Morgan, Judy and Dick Reidinger, Frank Reynolds, Russ and Trish Savage, Bubby Settle, Connie Smith, Jim Swindler, Pat Whorton, Cindy and Spotswood Williams.
The menu included Greek appetizers prepared by Judy Reidinger, Greek salad by the committee, turkey breast by Todd Atkins and Ronald Dodson, moussaka and vegetarian casserole by the committee and Rappahannock County High School’s culinary arts students and their teacher Kurt Streu, vegetable rice by Bev and Hal Hunter, and desserts of baklava, chocolate truffles and orange slices by the committee and Tam Settle.
Sponsors who made the event possible were the Bagley Group, Baldwin’s Grocery, Capitol Metro Physical Therapy, Cheri Woodard Realty, Chocolate by Tam Settle, The William & Mary Greve Foundation, Jessamine Hill Farm, Rappahannock County Farm Bureau, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources, Settle’s Cars and Trucks, Settle’s Grocery and Garage, Stoneledge Productions, Thomas and Talbot Realty, Union First Market Bank, Williams Tree Service and Wingate Appraisal. Many other volunteers helped with preparation and cleanup.
Once again, Rappahannock County’s community members demonstrated their large hearts in providing assistance to our neighbors in need.