Locals will have a chance to taste European cuisine without needing a passport while, at the same time, supporting the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).
This year, for the first time, Bites of Europe, 1306 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester, will host the CAC’s annual fundraising event.
The event – dubbed Taste of Europe: Party with a Purpose – is set for Friday, April 26.
“This is our annual Party with a Purpose event that is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said CAC Executive Director Joyce Prusak. “We are hoping to raise over $30,000 from the event and all of the money stays here in Coffee County.”
Prusak expects nearly 200 visitors.
“This year’s event is different since we have moved locations,” she said, adding the event was previously held at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.
“The board of directors wanted to try something different,” Prusak said. “Bites of Europe and [restaurant owner] Kevin Greenwood are our hosts this year with a fun night promised for all.”
Guests will have an opportunity to taste food from several European countries.
“It will be a casual night of foods from Italy, Greece, Germany and France,” Prusak said. “There will be stations featuring each of these countries and guests will have a chance to try some European specialties featured at the restaurant. There will even be fresh bratwursts off the grill throughout the night.”
Musicians will provide entertainment and attendees will have a chance to bid on various auction items.
“Along with live music from Tony Castellanos and Michael Childress and Friends, there will be a silent auction and live auction,” Prusak said.
Some of the live auction prizes include Bonnaroo tickets, Pilgrimage Festival tickets and a two-night stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort with tickets to a Grand Ole Opry performance of the winner’s choice.
The silent auction will feature a number of items from local businesses as well as gift certificates and tickets for attractions, restaurants and activities in Nashville, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge, said Prusak.
CAC has also begun running part of the auction online at www.charityauctionstoday.com. The online auction, which began April 11, will run through April 22 and is open to anyone.
“In addition to the auction and live music, there will be a podcast hosted by The Everyday Joe Show in the biergarten,” Prusak said. “The podcast will focus on the work the CAC is doing to help children and families in Coffee County begin the journey of healing from abuse.”
Taste of Europe: Party with a Purpose will be held Friday, April 26 at the Bites of Europe restaurant.
Tickets for the event cost $50 per person.
To purchase tickets, visit CAC in person at 104 N. Spring St. in Manchester, or call 931-723-8888 to make a credit card purchase by phone.
Tickets may also be purchased at Bites of Europe restaurant, 1306 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester.
Donations to the CAC can be made online at www.coffeecountycac.org.
For more information, call the CAC at 931-723-8888 or visit www.coffeecountycac.org.
About the CAC
CAC serves children who are victims of severe abuse through prevention, education and intervention.
Since opening its doors, the center has helped more than 3,700 children. Additionally, more than 21,000 children have participated in one of the center’s school-based child abuse prevention and awareness initiatives, according to Prusak.
The center offers various programs and free services, including forensic interviews, case review and management, on-site therapy and advocacy services.
In 2018, services were provided to 276 possible child victims, with 164 children receiving forensic interviews, according to Prusak.
Nearly 200 non-offending parents or caregivers received family advocacy services in 2018, added Prusak.
“Furthermore, 42 children received on-site specialized medical exams for victims of child sexual abuse and 31 children received trauma focused mental health services,” she said. “All of these services were provided free of charge to the children and their families.”
Additionally, more than 2,200 children participated in one of the school-based prevention training initiatives offered by the CAC and more than 200 adults participated in the adult prevention programs.
Eighty-four percent of the children the center served in 2018 were alleged victims of sex abuse; 4% were drug endangered; 8% were severely physically abused; 2% were psychologically harmed; and 2% were severely neglected, according to Prusak.
Elena Cawley may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.