Hosting a big fundraiser takes time and consideration, which is why the women of Altrusa International of Temple have already spent months preparing for the 31st annual Taste of the Holidays.
This year’s luncheon and style show will take place Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s event will recognize the military with its USO-style theme, “Stars and Stripes.”
Even the decor will honor the military — the table centerpieces will consist of care packages that will be sent to active service men and women. Each centerpiece will also feature a member of the service nominated by Altrusa members.
Each care package will be mailed in their honor.
The menu will include seasonal cuisine: pumpkin soup, Waldorf salad, cheddar loaves, patriot potatoes, a Brussel sprout dish and corn muffins. The lunch will be prepared by the Altrusans. Desserts will be provided by the Belton High School Culinary Arts department.
The style show will feature models wearing clothes and accessories provided by Jack Husung, owner of Magnolias of Salado. A vintage fashion show featuring vintage military uniforms modeled by current soldiers will take place between the usual segments.
Tickets for prize drawings will be available. Drawing items will include a Christmas tree from Magnolias, Charlie Wharton jewelry, themed-gift baskets and more.
Tickets for the event will be available online at altrusatemple.org after Sept. 25, when the invitations will be sent out. Reservations will cost $40 before Nov. 1; any reservations made after that date will cost $45.
Traci Squarcette, Taste chairwoman, said everyone should be ready to have a great time.
“The biggest reason to attend Taste is because it supports their local community,” she said. “This year it’s supporting not only their community, but the military that serve and other projects that we do within the community that are service related. It’s just a good way to honor those that you have in your family and friends that are servicemen and women in the military.”
Taste of the Holidays is Altrusa’s only annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser’s ticket sales are funneled into community projects. All proceeds from the prize drawing ticket sales are put towards scholarships for students in the community.