PSS holds 'Taste of Talent' fundraiser May 6


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NEWTON. A May 6 fundraiser to benefit Project Self Sufficiency, offers a taste of wine, while supporting a good cause.

Raffle and Silent Auction Raises Funds for Project Self-Sufficiency at A Taste of Talent

A raffle to win luxurious Tiffany’s jewelry and crystal glassware, along with a silent auction featuring place settings, art objects, and decorative items curated by Holly George, President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Interior Designers, will be featured at A Taste of Talent, northwestern New Jersey’s premier culinary fundraising event, on Monday, May 6th. The gifts from Tiffany’s range in value from $120 - $6,400; only 300 tickets will be available for purchase at a price of $50 each by calling Project Self-Sufficiency. Patrons are invited to bid on the silent auction items during the event. A Taste of Talent, held annually at Perona Farms, will feature samples of appetizers, entrees and desserts offered by chefs from more than 40 area restaurants.

Items to be raffled include Tiffany Soleste® Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings, $6,400 Value; Tiffany Jazz® Diamond Drop Earrings, $4,500 Value; Large Pearl Necklace with Jeweled Clasp and Pearl Bracelet with Gold Clasp, $4,400 Value; Tiffany Crystal Pitcher with Set of Two Swarovski Crystal Martini Glasses, $300 Value; and Turquoise and Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet and Earrings, $120 Value.

“We are honored to welcome esteemed interior designer Holly George at A Taste of Talent once again, and we are delighted to raffle these exceptional gifts from Tiffany’s prior to the event,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “We are very grateful to the Fernandez family and to J. Thomas Jewelers for making it possible to hold this raffle. It offers an exciting way for Project Self-Sufficiency supporters to help residents in need.”

A Taste of Talent benefits Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency specializing in services for low-income families in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren. Sponsorships for the event range from $500 - $30,000; a limited number of individual tickets are available at a cost of $200. Stations from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants will be placed throughout the entire Perona Farms facility, allowing patrons to meet and mingle with the chefs while sampling some of their most renowned dishes.

Sparta realtor and Project Self-Sufficiency Leadership Council member Julie Killen is volunteering as the Honorary Chairperson of the event. “A Taste of Talent is the community working together to make life better,” summed up Killen on the impact of the annual fundraiser.

Perona Farms Executive Chef Kirk Avondoglio adds that Perona Farms enthusiastically embraces A Taste of Talent year after year. “What a wonderful event. I look forward to it every year. It’s nice to see all the chefs come together. There is a lot of camaraderie and it does so much for the people served by Project Self-Sufficiency. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Project Self-Sufficiency has improved the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey for more than 30 years. The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children through the achievement of personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability. Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 25,000 families.

Perona Farms is located at 350 Andover-Sparta Rd. in Andover. To purchase raffle tickets, make a contribution to Project Self-Sufficiency, to obtain tickets to A Taste of Talent, or to find out more information about the programs and services available at the agency call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500. Bids on the silent auction items will take place at the event on May 6th at Perona Farms. Additional information is available at www.projectselfsufficiency.org.



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