April 30, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) — RHA Howell, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities across North Carolina, has announced the date for its popular Epicurious Vino Challenge annual fundraising event, and is now seeking additional sponsors.
The 2013 Epicurious Vino Challenge, open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 29, from 6-10 p.m., at the Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.
Now in its fourth year, the event challenges professional chefs from all over the state to compete to see who will make the best dish, or dishes, using an award-winning Hinnant Family Vineyards wine as a key ingredient. After guests attending the Challenge get to taste every dish prepared – from entrees to desserts – they vote for the first, second, and third-place “People’s Choice” award winners. Professional chefs from US Foodservice, Inc., a primary sponsor for the event, select the Chef’s Choice winners in a blind tasting.
The Epicurious Vino Challenge also includes music, a full bar, signature martinis, a live auction, and other prizes, within the verdant setting of the working 80-acre vineyard near Smithfield, NC. All proceeds will be used to purchase new adaptable playground equipment, to invest in new technologies that increase learning and social skills; and to provide needed upgrades to the small guesthouse on the Bear Creek campus for out-of-town parents and guardians.
“RHA Howell is committed to supporting people with disabilities and their families. And every year we continue to fight budget cuts,” said Debbie Valentine, RHA Howell’s marketing and special events coordinator. “But everyday we help people achieve their greatest level of independence, choices and opportunities. The sponsors for the Epicurious Vino Challenge truly make a difference in someone’s life by helping us save these incredible programs.”
Along with U.S. Foodservice and Hinnant Family Vineyards, sponsors returning for another year include Southern Pharmacy Services, Van Products, Fallon Benefits Group, Morcom Medical Associates, and Wake Stone Corporation.
Any individual, business, or organization interested in sponsoring this year’s event should visit www.rhahowell.org/EVCSponsorship.aspx for details.
For more information on the RHA Howell and the 2013 Challenge, go to www.rhahowell.org.
About RHA Howell:
RHA Howell has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. It grew out of the first Intermediate Care Facilities for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD) in North Carolina that Irene Howell founded in 1970. Over the next 30 years, Ms. Howell established a network of Howell Care Centers. When she retired, Ms. Howell entrusted her legacy to RHA Health Services. Today, RHA Howell, Inc., carries on the Howell Care Centers tradition. For more information: www.rhahowell.org.