Savor The Flavor Organizers Say ‘Thanks’

To The Reader’s Forum:

The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York would like to thank all that helped, attended, sponsored, donated, and participated in the Savor the Flavor of Southwestern New York throughout March is Red Cross Month.

Thanks to the continued support of great volunteers and donors, Savor the Flavor was a huge success for the Red Cross in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Not only did the Savor the Flavor events give local restaurants and caterers a chance to show off their best dishes, but the three combined events have raised over $35,000 for the Red Cross of Southwestern New York. Cattaraugus and Chautauqua residents contributed greatly, increasing nearly double from last year’s events.

The events averaged 150 ticketholders each sampling products from 14-20 different vendors. Live music in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties kept the crowd entertained as they enjoyed various samples. Also, new this year was cooking demos in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Thanks to several area businesses, the Chinese Auctions at the events were a great success as lucky winners received great deals on gift certificates, gift baskets and other items. The generosity of local sponsors helped push the Savor the Flavor events over the goal set for 2013.

The proceeds will help people in Southwestern New York if they ever experience a house fire or other disaster with basic necessities, provide assistance to men and women in the Armed Forces, and continue to provide life-saving blood. Thanks again to all who helped make the Savor the Flavor events a huge success. The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York is a United Way Agency.

Kathy Burch

American Red Cross of

Southwestern New York