Thousands flock to Taste of the Town

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 09:08 PM

Whether people came with fork in hand or to-go box at the ready, thousands showed up to Taste of the Town with an appetite for helping.
At a new location this year, Taste of the Town, the Hospice of the Piedmont’s largest fundraiser, was hosted at Oak Hollow Mall. More than 45 restaurant and beverage vendors participated in this year’s event. During the last 10 years, Hospice has raised more than $1 million through Taste of the Town.
In its 25th year, the event had one of the largest crowds it’s seen, and many were eager to get their hands on some food.
Richard Taylor from Archdale had his to-go boxes in hand to sample some food from Carter Brothers, and save some for later.
“We’ve been coming for, I don’t know, 10 years,” Taylor said. “We really enjoy it, and (Hospice) is our favorite charity.”
Barbara Abrams was a first timer and was anxious to get going.
“I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it, and I have a relative that works at Hospice and she said, ‘You have got to come, it’s so much fun,’” Abrams said.
LaDonna Jones, who has been to Taste of the Town three times, brought her husband Randy this year for his first experience.
“It’s lots of fun, and it goes to a good cause,” LaDonna Jones said.
Kathy Armstrong, the general manager of the Chick-fil-A at the Palladium, took some time out from hanging with the cow to eat with her grandson, Aeden.
“I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the I found out this little guy was coming, and he kept me strong,” Armstrong said. “We’ve been coming to this for five years, and he always looks forward to it. I tell him to look at the difference people can make when they care.”
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