By Terri Spilman
Orchard Park Elementary is bucking the school carnival fundraising trend with a delicious evening for grown-ups at the 11th annual Taste of Carmel from 6 to 9 p.m. March 6 at Ritz Charles.
Carmel High School Television produced a video about Orchard Park that depicts life at the school and describes why community support is vital. About 40 percent of the students at the school qualify for financial aid – the highest percentage in any Carmel school.
The fundraising goal is $20,000 to help purchase a mobile technology device lab. The Mobile Technology Device Lab will have approximately 30 devices including a mix of iPods, Kindles, Tablets, iPads and other personal devices to be used in the classroom.
“This event is completely volunteer-planned and -facilitated and 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the school,” said event organizer Jennifer Penix. “A dedicated group of Orchard Park parents put in countless hours, share their talents, reach for the stars and stretch their days to make this event come alive.”
A partial list of food and beverage samplings include Mitchell’s Fish Market Lobster Salad on Crostini; Grille 39, Renaissance Indianapolis North Thai Miso Vegetable flatbread; Stacked Pickle Restaurant and Bar Pork Tenderloin Sliders; Cutters Brewing Company Half Court IPA, Floyd’s Folly and others; Cooper’s Hawk Winery Handcrafted Varietal Wines and Serendipity Mobile Catering Serendipitous Crab Cakes: A 2oz genuine Maryland Lump crab cake with a roasted red pepper aioli, pickled red onion, and micros.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on more than 150 silent auction items including golf packages, Vera Bradley handbags, birthday parties, spas and 2015 Super Bowl tickets as well as purchase a chance to win jewelry from Distinctive Diamonds and various gift cards.
Free activities include a photo booth and caricature drawings.
Jeff Worrell will return as Master of Ceremonies.
Adults age 21 years and older may attend. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; they can be purchased online at www.tasteofcarmel2014.eventbrite.com or by calling 848-1918.