The Taste of Carmel wasn’t like any of our usual community service events that we participate in each year. We mainly focus on events/fundraisers that help find a cure and we also participate in a Habitat for Humanity build every year. However, we are always looking for new ways to show support for our local community. The Taste of Carmel did just that; we were able to show our support for a local elementary school.
Attendees of the Taste of Carmel were able to “sample” 38 local restaurants; I put sample in quotations, because the samples were pretty big portions. We all walked away from the event stuffed! There was also a silent auction, live entertainment, and a photo booth.
Although the restaurants enticed people to participate in this event, the main focus was Orchard Park Elementary (OPE) School. Did you know that OPE is a Title I school, and that more than 40% of the students that attend OPE are on the free or reduced lunch plan? The Taste of Carmel was designed to help these students and enhance school programs. Some of things this fundraiser will support this year include: building a walking track for the students, assisting teachers with classroom purchases, providing scholarships, providing interactive school programs, and supporting families and students in times of need.
The Taste of Carmel event helped to raise over $20,000 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting OPE elementary students, and it broke all kinds of records! The 2012 event had the highest attendance (700+), most restaurants (38), and most money raised compared to previous years.
This was my second time attending the Taste of Carmel and I have to say it has more than doubled in attendance and restaurants participating in the event. This year I went to the Taste of Carmel with a few of my coworkers, and we had a blast! We are already planning to go next year!