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Taste of Pasco raises $26,000 for local causes


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There are so many incredible charities and causes available in the community who strive to help others, but they also deserve a bit of help themselves to continue with their missions.

Leadership Pasco Class of 2014 with 36 members held the 2014 Taste of Pasco event at the Rotary Pavilion. This year, the beneficiary organizations are the West Pasco Pregnancy Center and the Runaway Alternatives Project, also known as the RAP House.

About 600 people visited Taste of Pasco, and approximately $26,000 was raised for the causes.

Robin Libes and Jenny Norwood attend Taste of Pasco every year for the food, the atmosphere, and the good cause.

“I think everyone should help our fellow people,” Libes said.

“It’s a good atmosphere, good music, and it’s a nice day out,” Norwood said.

West Pasco Pregnancy Center opened 27 years ago and their goal is to help women through unplanned pregnancies with guidance and support. They offer many services, several of which are free, including ultrasounds and counseling.

The money raised by the event went toward a new mobile ultrasound unit for the center, at 5330 George St.. The phone number is (727) 846-9999.

The RAP House is a part of the West Pasco Youth and Family Alternatives. The RAP House is a shelter for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who are runaway, homeless, or need temporary housing for any reason

The RAP House provides a variety of resources and services, including clothing and food, as well as life skills, education and crisis counseling. Located at 7522 Plate Road, the RAP House phone number is (727) 835-1777.

Taste of Pasco featured a silent auction of gift baskets from a variety of companies. There was also live music all evening to keep the good vibes up from the Sunset Rebels and the Time Bandits.

The event had 39 vendors, and the event had a large focus on local food vendors. There were many activities for youngsters, including face painting, a mobile game station, a balloon artist, a rock-climbing wall, and Investigation Station, which is a traveling children’s museum.

With everything from food to handmade jewelry, businesses were able to put their name before the large audience. Andy Coble, a member of the Leadership Pasco, said that the one of the best ways to improve Pasco is through both helping those in need, as well as getting to know others in your community. “Establishment of community is so important,” Coble said.

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