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Agency hopes for good ‘Taste’

Helping Hands of Ennis’ annual ‘Taste of Ennis’ fund-raiser will be held on Sept. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and organizers are excited to showcase some new additions to the program.
The event, which is in its 16th year, features an opportunity for local restaurants to prepare bite-size samples of various dishes for the public to savor and it has become a favorite in the community.
The evening begins at 6 and runs until 7:30 and will feature a silent auction for a hand-painted chair courtesy of Carol Mraz and the Ennis Art Club, live music from the band Tredway and Friends featuring local musician Vicky Williams and will also feature a cake walk with an assortment of homemade cakes as prizes.
With all of the new additions to the event, organizer and Helping Hands employee Tisha Brown wants to remind everyone the main attraction of the evening is still the same.
“We have added a few new aspects to the evening that we hope everyone will enjoy but the main event, a sampling of various local restaurants’ best dishes is still the same,” she said. “We have more than 20 restaurants and grocery/deli type establishments confirmed with more pending. There will be something to suit everyone’s pallet with selections from pizza to Chinese, Mexican food and home-style dining not to mention many tasty desserts. We hope everyone plans to stop by the event and we hope they come hungry.”
Another aspect of the event that has changed this year is the addition of corporate sponsors and title event sponsors, which is meant to limit the fund-raising efforts of the relief agency from several small events into this one large one.
“There are so many great causes people can give to but with the current economy, it is difficult for groups to give more than once to the same group so we are trying to raise funds to help our organization keep doing the essential services we provide to the community but not be a burden to those who contribute,” said Debbie Box, HHE board member.
“The event has always been incredible, but needs are ongoing and we are seeing an increasing request for aid so we appreciate the community and local businesses that have always supported us as they continue to do so with this event.”
Box said the event is another example of how Ennis residents take care of each other.
“One of Ennis’ strengths is the way they take care of their own,” she said. “The Taste of Ennis event is focused on bringing more people in while doing one thing really well. We want to get away from doing several smaller things and make one big thing as good as it can be and with the help of the community, we believe this event is the way to go.”
Title event co-sponsors are Ennis State Bank and CVS. Other corporate sponsors include:
Ennis Regional Medical Center; Ellis County Living Magazine; Schirm USA; Ennis Paint; Dr. John Sullivan; Walter and Patsy Erwin with Card and Party Factory; Gil Escobar; Ennis Office Supply; Citizen’s National Bank; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP; John and JoAnn Cody; Congressman Joe Barton; Witherspoon, Yeldell & Wilson; Quality Inn; Sunbelt Brick; PolyGuard Products; Buna Bean Coffee Roasters; Furniture By Sleep Quarters and Prosperity Bank.
Tickets for the event are $10 and include water or tea with the meal.
Helpings Hands was established in 1988 as a way to help families in the Ennis area who were experiencing a time of crisis. The organization helps meet needs by offering food, clothing and shelter when needed.
Since June of 2008, Helping Hands served more than 801 clients with 324 children under the age of 18, which does not take into account the numerous families the agency is currently assisting that have been displaced by Hurricane Ike. For more information on the agency or to donate, visit www.hhennis.org.
For more information or to purchase tickets call the agency at 972-875-0218.

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