Taste of Las Cruces 2014

Taste of Las Cruces is an annual event conducted by the Rotary Club of Las Cruces and the other two Las Cruces Rotary Clubs (the Rio Grande Rotary Club and the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club) to raise funds to meet community needs. Taste of Las Cruces offers attendees a chance to sample the wares of a number of local restauranteurs in one location, while contributing to local causes. 

The 2014 event was held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; over four hundred attended.  Beneficiary of this year's event was the Roadrunner Food Bank.  Over $12,000 was raised through ticket sales, a silent auction, and a live auction.  Rotarians Vic Villalobos and Ken Binkley again served as masters of ceremonies, and American Classified (Vic's business) again supported the printing needs of the effort with posters and tickets.  (Thanks, Vic!) 

Local restaurants participated by preparing and serving excellent food to be sampled by attendees; Taste of Las Cruces participating restaurants make possible our support of worthy causes.  We salute and thank the participating restaurants listed below. 

Aqua Reef Meson de Mesilla
Garduño's at Hotel Encanto Milagro Coffee y Espresso
Jason's Deli Mountain View Market Kitchen
Jimmy John's Olive Garden
La Posta de Mesilla Savoy de Mesilla
Las Cruces Convention Center St. Clair Winery & Bistro

We also thank those who sponsored entire tables for the event. 

AAMCO Sue Groth and friends
American Classified Home Instead Senior Care
Bank of the Southwest Loadstone Transportation LLC
Wendy Beserra Millennium Moms
Don Buck and friends Mountain View Regional Medical Center
Clifford Ross Cooper CPAs Wilson Binkley
Guests of Hiram Davis (3 tables) WIN
Dermatology Center David Yaryan and friends
Jackie Edwards Charles Schwab  

Roadrunner Food Bank accepted donations of non-perishable food at the event.  Food donors received an extra ticket for silent auction drawings. Our gratitude to our silent auction donors: 

Ashley Furniture Home Store HBN Design-Nancy Broekhoff
Austin's Jewelers-Keith Austin Hotel Encanto
Border Pest Control-Laurie Findley Northern Business Products
Bradley D and William B Restaurant Picacho Hills Country Club
Carmona Day Spa Richelle Ponder
Brian Davis Art Rustic Olive
Hiram Davis St. Clair Winery & Bistro
Decorating Den-Sherry Franzoy Sha Bangs
Dion's Pizza SI Italian Bistro
Jim Dolan Tiffany's
Zane Fikaney Vic Villalobos Military Surplus
Kathleen Foreman Jan Wimsatt

On July 9, we presented the $12,000 proceeds to the Roadrunner Food Bank, who let us know that 60,000 meals will be provided in southern New Mexico through the generosity of our sponsors and those attending the event. 

Taste of Las Cruces 2014 Check Presentation
(pictured from left, Bill Harty-LC, Ana Mangino-LC, Jan Wimsatt-RG, Rachel Anaya-RRFB, Elke Wunderlich-MV, Jean Briley-MV; attending but not pictured: Richelle Ponder-LC, Paul Huntsberger-MV, Jim McKinney-MV, Chris May-RG, Teresa Johansen-RRFB, Alissa Barnes-RRFB)

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Many thanks to our restaurant partners...

Savoy de Mesilla   Aqua Reef
Milagro Coffee y Espresso   Olive Garden
St. Clair Winery & Bistro   Las Cruces Convention Center
Jason's Deli   Meson de Mesilla
Gardunos at Hotel Encanto   Jimmy John's
La Posta de Mesilla   Lorenzo's
Mountain View Market Kitchen

A good time was had by all...

Richelle Ponder & Fred Lillibridge   A good crowd
Mellow Honek   Ken Binkley at auction
Sue checking out the silent auction   ...and a winner!
Great music!   Gary & Theresa
Valerie, Sherry & Trixie   Vic & Ken