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Taste of what? Advocates fundraiser moves to September

Over the past 15 years, Grand Countians celebrated the arrival of spring at the Taste of Spring, a popular fundraiser that featured tastes of the season and entertainment. Mother Nature didn’t always cooperate, however.

Though the calendar said Spring, snow was a common occurrence at Taste of Spring fundraisers. This past April, a three-foot snowfall forced a cancellation of the event.

Heeding the suggestion of Mother Nature, Taste of Spring has been redesigned and will debut next month as Taste of Fall.

Like its predecessor, Taste of Fall will feature live entertainment in a great social setting. The tasting menu will include fall flavors in food, drink and special treats. The Taste of Fall will feature interesting twists on the silent auction and other surprises.

The first annual Taste of Fall will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Winter Park Mountain Lodge. The event benefits ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team, which helps victims of domestic and sexual violence.

“In support of one of our most serious and worthy causes, Taste of Fall will be full of celebration for both the beautiful fall season and our many sustaining friendships,” said Marianne Klancke, Advocates board member and a Taste of Fall organizer.

Advocates has been combating domestic and sexual violence in Grand County since 1978. It offers a 24-hour confidential crisis line providing immediate crisis intervention, short-term safe housing, counseling and relocation assistance and safety planning. In 2008, Advocates’ staff and volunteers responded to over 400 victim calls, about two-thirds of which involved physical abuse.

Tickets to Taste of Fall are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available at the local chambers of commerce and all Grand Mountain Banks.

For more information about Advocates or Taste of Fall, visit www. gcadvocates.org or call 970-725-3442.