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Benefit held locally for Methodist Home for Children

A benefit being held at the end of the month will be raising money for local children in need. Wilmington’s sixth Epicurean Evening, which will be held on August 30, will be raising money to benefit the local chapter of the Methodist Home for Children, an organization founded in 1899.  Methodist Home for Children serves over 1,500 children and families and provides various services, including family counseling, residential youth homes, substance abuse services, foster care and adoption.
The Wilmington chapter of Methodist Homes for Children holds the Epicurean Evening to raise money for local children who are part of the program.
“Greater than 90 percent of this money is going directly to local kids, and that’s really important,” Julie Farriss, who is helping organize the event, said.
The event is black tie, according to Julie.  There will be a silent auction and a live auction during the event.  Various items will be available for purchase, including a Pleasure Island Adventure Package. The Pleasure Island package will include various items, including a two-night stay at the Marriott, free concert tickets to local events from the Chamber of Commerce and a private kayaking tour in Kure Beach. “It’s just a whole big package of free stuff around the island. The idea is that whoever bids on the package can come here and experience all the best of what we have to offer,” Julie said. Though the Pleasure Island Package includes many items from local businesses, some businesses on the island have made separate contributions. Squigley’s Ice Cream and Treats is one such company; when told about the event, owners Ann and Joe Coen donated a bag of goodies to be auctioned off.
“People should know about the businesses and how they’re giving back to this great organization,” Julie said.
St. Paul’s Methodist Church is one of the biggest contributors to the event, usually having two tables or more to themselves at the event.  “I would say that St. Paul’s is one of the most active contributors,” Julie said.
Supporting a cause that helps children find safe homes and assistance is something Julie believes is extremely important.
“It’s so critical that children in our community have safe places to go,” Julie said. Epicurean Evening has grown so much over the years that it has been moved to the new convention center downtown, something Julie said is very exciting for the benefit. Two hundred and forty eight children have been helped by the benefit in past years and Julie hopes to reach even more with the money raised at this year’s event. “I think last year they raised about $70,000,” Julie said.
In addition to the auctions held during the event, 38 featured epicureans offer food and beverage tastings throughout the evening. Nine awards are given out for categories such as best appetizer and best dessert.
“It’s a good way to showcase some local businesses while supporting a good cause,” Julie said. For more information about the benefit, visit