Winter reception raises money for charity, scholarships

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Attendees at the Winter Reception enjoyed food from a number of area restaurants. [L-R] Michael Guthrie, Rita Guthrie, Keith Lapointe, Melanie Lapointe, Lisa Deck, Brian Deck, Elizabeth Lacasse, and Matt Lacasse. Courtesy Photo/Lisa Deck

The Downtown North Attleborough Businesses proudly presented the A Holiday Winter Reception, “A Taste of Modern Downtown” on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The fundraising event was held at The Churchwood Gallery in The Preservation Framer.

Throughout the night guests enjoyed tastings from downtown restaurants such as Habibis Middle Eastern Kitchen, Los Antojitos, Mad Moose Saloon, Oven Essence, Stella Osteria, Table at 10 and Whisk & Paddle Bakery. Gallery of Wines offered a selection of quality wines. Talented servers presented food selections from each restaurant while informing the guest about the restaurant and the food being served. Live jazz filled the air as attendees mingled and enjoyed themselves.

The event was lead and emceed by Chairwoman Annie Slobogan. Guests competed for silent auction items such as framed art, yoga classes, gallery rentals, photography session with Deb Bettencourt, gift cards and baskets from local shops.

“This was the first year for this event and we could not be happier with how everything turned out” said Slobogan. “We wanted an evening where we could give back to our community while introducing ourselves through a unique experience. We could not be more excited with the results and looking forward to next year.”

Ticket sales, silent auction and raffle items raised $1,000 for Sisters at Heart, a charity formed by local North residents Lisa Deck, Caitlan Kane and Jamie O’Hanlon. Sisters at Heart’s mission is to improve the lives of those affected by heart disease and stroke through funding research projects and providing financial assistance to families in need that are battling a health issue associated with heart disease and stroke.

The event also raised two $500 scholarships that will be awarded to local graduating North Attleborough students pursuing the arts.

Guests brought a generous amount of non-perishable items that will be donated to Lenore’s Pantry.