The 16th Annual Great Tastes at Suntree fundraiser event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Suntree on Saturday, October 19th, was a rousing success. Despite the heavy rains in the morning, by the time the event began at 5:30pm the sun was shining as the hundreds of guests arrived. Because of the earlier rain and soggy fields, the event was moved indoors on two floors of the Suntree Country Club. As the attendees maneuvered with plates of delicious food offerings from over 25 local restaurants they were entertained by a live saxophone player.
Once food was sampled and tummies were filled to the brim, each ticket holder could vote for their favorite restaurant. As the evening came to a close, the announcer declared People’s Choice Award went to Niki’s Restaurant. Teens from the Viera High School Interact Club and Boys and Girls Club voted for the Teen Choice award which went to Telly’s. The Best Decorated Table went to Uno’s and the President-Elect Choice Award went to Metro Diner.
In addition to all the restaurants, there were many table displays from local businesses who were event sponsors. The Platinum level sponsors were: Florida Today, Hospice of St. Francis, Space Age Cooling and Heating, Everything Brevard, UBS and Club 52 Melbourne Greyhound Park. The Gold level sponsors included: Buena Vida Estates, GenX Motors, Lordoni Pharmacy, NU Vantage Insurance, IP Insurance Professionals of Brevard, Brevard Vision Care, Center State, ITG Reality, Whittaker Cooper and exp realty. Silver level sponsors were: Prime Lending, The Paper Clinic, Craig Technologies, Steer, Mercer & Co., Sage Financial Management, Stewart Law, 142 Productions, Dwan & Ann Buie, MEC Contractors and Engineers, FPL, and Blinds of All Kinds. Tables were decorated with pumpkins donated by Home Depot and, of course, a big thank you goes to the Suntree Country Club and their staff.
Lastly, a large gift basket donated by Center State Bank was auctioned off and the 50/50 raffle ticket was drawn. The winner, Norm Meaker, graciously donated his $477 in winnings back to the Suntree Rotary Club to add to the to funds that were raised at the event.
The funds toward supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Brevard, the Children’s Hunger Project, and a project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Suntree Foundation that provided approximately $400,000 in medical equipment to two hospitals in Honduras.
This is the 16th year Suntree Rotary has done this, and it’s become one of the premier charity events in Brevard County. Watch for news of next year’s event!