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Area Designers Help Raise Funds for Project Self-Sufficiency at A Taste of Talent

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(Left to right) Designers Holly George, Melissa Bogert, Jacky Murphey, Patricia Bruterri, Debbie Devenney and Honey Smith will create table designs to be auctioned at A Taste of Talent on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency (not pictured:  Alicia Shearer).
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The creative touch of several local interior designers will be added to “A Taste of Talent,” the annual fundraiser on behalf of Project Self-Sufficiency, which will be held at Perona Farms on Monday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to sampling hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts from more than 30 area restaurants, patrons will be invited to bid on table arrangements created by the designers.  Each table may contain place settings, art objects, floral arrangements, and decorative items designed to highlight popular television shows.  The highest bidder will take home the contents of the entire table.  Now in its 18th year, “A Taste of Talent”, will benefit Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income families in Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon counties.  Sponsorships for the event range from $500 - $25,000, and a limited number of individual tickets are available at a cost of $200. 

 

Esteemed local designers who will be participating in “A Taste of Talent” include Patricia Bruterri, Sweet P.E.A.’s; Alicia Shearer, Alicia Shearer Interior Design; Holly George, Holly George Interior Design; Jacky Murphey, Victory Frame Shop; Melissa Bogert; Debbie Devenney; and Honey Smith.  Table designs will feature items associated with the television programs Downton Abbey, Fantasy Island, Keeping Up Appearances, Mad Men, and Project Runway.

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Designer Alicia Shearer is enthusiastic about contributing her designs to A Taste of Talent this year, noting, “It’s a great honor to be involved in A Taste of Talent again this year.  The event is going to be special.  The services that Project Self-Sufficiency provides to the community are wonderful, and I am inspired just to participate.”

 

Patricia Bruterri, owner of Sweet P.E.A.’s, agreed saying, “Project Self Sufficiency gives so much to the community. The Taste of Talent event is a way for the community to give back while enjoying a wonderful and fun night out.”

 

Restaurants which will be participating in A Taste of Talent include Perona Farms; A Chocolate Lab; Alice’s Restaurant; Andre’s Restaurant & Wine Boutique; Black Forest Inn; George Mandakas III, Blue Olive Market; Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse; Café Pierrot; Caffe Navona; The Chatterbox Drive In; The Chocolate Goat Gift Shoppe; Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream; Uwe Toedter, Faculty House, Columbia University; De Bragga & Spitler; Forno Italiano; Fossil Farms; George’s Wine & Gourmet Gallery; Hayek’s Market; The Inn at Mill Race Pond; Jesse Jones Cuisine Catering; Ken Salmon Catering; Krave Café & Caterers; Main Street Grille; Mosefund Farm; Pizza Bistro; Ristorante Il Porto; Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant; Ryland Inn; Salt Gastro Pub; Salt Studio; Springhouse Creamery, LLC; Tante Baci Caffe; Triomphe Restaurant; and Charles Ventre.  

 

 “A Taste of Talent is our signature fundraising event and the cornerstone to our annual campaign,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are looking forward to the creative energy which will be added by the design community to this special evening.   Project Self-Sufficiency is in need of the community’s support now more than ever.  Due to the current economic situation, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of low-income families requesting assistance.  ‘A Taste of Talent’ provides a wonderful opportunity for people to reach out and help their neighbors at this difficult time.”

 

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children while achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including over 30,000 children.

 

Perona Farms is located at 350 Andover-Sparta Road in Andover.  To make a contribution to Project Self-Sufficiency, to obtain tickets to “A Taste of Talent,” or to find out more information about the programs and services available at the agency, call 973-940-3500.

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