‘Taste of the World’ coming to Mount Pleasant this November

  • Monday, July 21, 2014

The ninth installment of “Taste of the World,” the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society's largest annual fundraiser, is coming to Alhambra Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society (ChaPSS), an organization that welcomes and serves the needs of thousands of men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea.

The Taste of the World event will provide an estimated 300-400 guests with the opportunity to sample a variety of different cuisines from some of Charleston's best restaurants, as well as win prizes and participate in a silent auction.

The silent auction will feature a variety of exclusive prize packages, including: trips for two to a South African photo safari; signed University of South Carolina and Clemson footballs; a round of golf at Stono Ferry; a boat trip for 48 on the Osprey; week-long getaways to Myrtle Beach, Kiawah Island and Williamsburg; furniture from Stuckey Brothers Furniture; and much more.

Tickets to the event will be sold for $50 each, and separate tickets will also be sold for raffle items.

ChaPSS is currently seeking businesses interested in sponsoring the event or restaurants interested in donating sample-size portions of food for attendees to enjoy during the event.

All donations are tax deductible.

Providing food for this event will not only help restaurants expose their business to hundreds of people, but will also help the ChaPSS provide service to thousands of seafarers.

Each year, more than 65,000 seafarers arrive on hundreds of vessels to the Charleston Port. Most crews consist of persons from diverse third-world countries and from many cultures. Many are away from home and their families for up to a year at a time.

On average, the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society volunteers board 821 ships, serve 5,120 officers and 14,760 crew members in the ministry center, as well as provide at least 1,700 transportation trips to help crew with personal needs.

Restaurants or individuals interested in participating as a sponsor or donating to the event should email chapssmail@gmail.com or call 843-442-1363. To learn more about Taste of the World and the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society, visit their website at www.charlestonseafarers.org.

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