MOUNT PLEASANT — The seventh annual Take a Taste Out of Crime, a fundraiser for Racine Neighborhood Watch Inc., is expanding its venue space inside of Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St., and welcoming an additional jazz band.
The fundraiser, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, is an evening with samplings of food and drink, live music, and the opportunity to do some friendly bidding. It’s a casual, after-work event where everyone can mingle and enjoy themselves while “taking a taste out of crime.”
The wine-, beer- and Wisconsin cheese-tasting fundraising features an expanded selection of wine and beer offerings (souvenir tasting glasses are provided) to complement Wisconsin cheeses. Hot hors d’oeuvres — including meatballs, sausages and pizza — as well as vegetable platters and other items will be served. Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the samplings; a cash bar will also be available.
Tastings are just part of what the evening includes. Guests are welcome to browse through two halls filled with more than 150 items on display for raffles or silent auction. The selection is varied and includes a wide range of bidding choices — from automotive, household and outdoor recreations items to sporting events and goods, to entertainment gift certificates, to themed baskets. The evening’s most sought-after raffle is sure to be “take a taste out of Racine’s hospitality” which showcases certificates donated by 52 local restaurants and hospitality venues. In addition, 50/50 raffles are also ongoing throughout the night.
Joining Take a Taste Out of Crime for a special appearance is Green Bay Packer legend Paul Hornung from 5 to 7 p.m. Hornung will autograph, for a fee, memorabilia or any item available for purchase at the event. Autograph fees benefit special charities.
Returning for the seventh consecutive year is the local group CSQ (Community Service Quartet). The four musicians — Doug Clum on keyboards, Steve Jacob on sax, Paul Frederickson on drums and Jim Yorgan on bass — are enthusiastic about the return engagement. New on the scene will be the smooth jazz stylings of another local jazz band, Men in Black.
Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Erie Street Piggly Wiggly; Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue; Racine Neighborhood Watch office, 800 Center St., Room 316, and online at www.racinenw.com/about_tatooc.html.
Take a Taste Out of Crime proceeds support RNW’s mission to assist residents in creating safe, friendly and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Racine community. Monies raised help fund Neighborhood Watch meetings, programming and events.
Right behind this event is another traditional RNW fundraiser — the RNW’s annual Plant Sale. Vegetable plants can be ordered for just a couple of dollars. The sale also includes herbs, flowering annuals and perennials, and blooming baskets for Mother’s Day. Plants and vegetables available for purchase can be viewed on the RNW website, www.racinenw.com, beginning March 24.