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Children & Families First Raises $69,000 at 12th Annual A Taste for Art

After a two year hiatus, Children & Families First's premiere annual fundraiser, A Taste for Art returned with phenomenal success! Held Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at the DuPont Country Club, this year's theme, Springtime in Paris was unquestionably a celebration of la joie d'vivre!

A philanthropic masterpiece of its own, A Taste for Art welcomed more than 325 guests for a unique, highly-creative evening where art, music, food, and purpose came together in a way that was a feast for the senses - raising $69,000 to support the mission and work of Children & Families First.

"We believe every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Yet we know, when children and families face serious adversity what happens next makes all the difference," said Kirsten Olson, CFF CEO, "I am so grateful to our community for helping us raise these vital funds because together we are creating positive change that benefits our whole community."

The evening began with a Bourbon & Bouchées VIP reception featuring a live cooking demonstration by award winning celebrity chef Robbie Jester, perfectly paired with an expert led bourbon tasting by the Wilmington Whiskey Club.

Moving into the main event, guests indulged in open bar, custom cocktails, and themed small bite plates prepared by student chefs from DelCastle High School, Howard High School, and William Penn High School. As they shopped from amongst 25 talented local artists featuring original works in a variety of mediums, with 25% of all art sales being donated to Children & Families First.

Adding to the celebrations, were various features and performances including a wall of live flowers, caricature artist, mime, jazz pianist, Eiffel tower ice sculpture and more - entertaining and engaging guests as they were immersed in the vibrant culture of Parisian life. Plus a silent auction offering more than 20 high-end items and experiences.

"I am so proud of how this year's event came together," said Katy Connolly CFF Board of Directors member and Events Committee Chairperson, "It was a truly remarkable evening made possible thanks to our sponsors, event committee, student chefs, artists, performers, silent auction donors, and guests."

Barely pausing after the success of the 2022 event, the Events Committee is already hard at work on plans for the 2023 event. "Please mark your calendars now and save the date of Saturday, April 29th, 2023," said Connolly, "we have lots of exciting news to come very soon about A Taste for Art 2023!"

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