By Renee Larr
The Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter will host its fifth annual fundraising event, A Tasteful Affair. The night of food, beer and wine tasting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 30 at Park Tudor School’s Clowes Commons.
“The event raises revenue to support our patient education and support services for people with Lupus in our state. Our goal is to raise $25,000,” said Morgan McGill, CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America Indiana Chapter. “We invite local restaurants in – some of whom have been with us from the beginning. Then we’ve added a few new ones this year. They’ll choose a menu item of their choice and offer that to guests.”
Participating restaurants include Tilly’s Tea Room, Giordano’s, Big Lug Canteen, Granite City, Ale Emporium, Late Harvest Kitchen, Hoaglin Catering, For the Love of Food Indy, J. Razzo’s, The Melting Pot, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.
Participating wineries and breweries this year include Bier Brewery, Upland, Sun King, Big Lug, Granite City, Easley Winery, Cork & Cracker and Chateau de Pique. New this year will be a champagne tasting provided by Monarch Beverage.
The event will include a 50/50 raffle, wine pull, a silent auction and a live auction. Key auction items include a week-long cabin stay at Elkhart Lake Wisconsin Resort, two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets, a week-long RCI resort stay, a Brad Stevens autographed Boston Celtics ball, a signed Tamika Catchings autographed jersey and a Wheel of Fortune TV screening for four in Culver City, Calif.
“Our Master of Ceremonies is Ken LaRose, who is on the Butler athletic department team, and Marianne Lyles at Channel 4 news is the co-auctioneer,” McGill said.
Tickets are $50 and $35 for lupus patients and should be purchased in advance. For more, or to purchase tickets, visit www.lupus.org/indiana/events.