United Way fundraiser offers a taste of Coshocton

| August 3, 2016
Seventeen different restaurants/caterers including Schumaker Farms will take part in the annual A Taste of Coshocton County from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Lake Park Pavilion.

Seventeen different restaurants/caterers including Schumaker Farms will take part in the annual A Taste of Coshocton County from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Lake Park Pavilion.

COSHOCTON – Come enjoy a taste of Coshocton at United Way of Coshocton County’s annual kick-off event.

Seventeen local restaurants/caterers will be serving up samples of their food from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Lake Park Pavilion to help United Way start its annual fundraising campaign.

“They provide great tasting food and very generous samples,” said Lyn Mizer, executive director of United Way. “No one goes away hungry.”

Participating in the event this year are: Amici’s, Baker’s IGA, Coshocton Yard, Grandma Minnie’s Munchies, Hannah Marie’s, Hardee’s/Red Burrito, Healthy’s, Lava Rock Grill, Medbery Market, Olde Thyme Country Market, Papa John’s Pizza, Peggy Sue’s Steak & Ribs, Pearl Valley Cheese, Raven’s Glenn, Real McCoy BBQ, Schumaker Farms and Warehouse Steak N Stein. Each will have the opportunity to walk away with an award or runner up title in the sweet or savory category.

“There are several that are new to us (at the event),” Mizer said. “Amici’s I think participated a long time ago, but hasn’t for the last couple of years. Raven’s Glenn has never done it before. Grandma Minnie’s Munchies is new to the area and Olde Thyme Country Market and Real McCoy’s BBQ never have taken part before. We appreciate the vendors bringing enough food to feed all the people who come which is usually around 500.”

Tickets for A Taste of Coshocton County are $10 (10 tastes) for adults and $5 (five tastes for children 12 and under). They can be purchased at the United Way Office, 402 Main St., which also has raffle tickets for 14 Longaberger Gift Baskets, valued at least at $150 each. Each of United Ways partner agencies and Untied Way itself pick themes for the baskets.

“Some (agencies) do the same theme over each year like the children’s dental clinic and its basket of dental hygiene items and the recreation leagues usually have outdoor sports things in theirs,” Mizer said. “There is one out there in our window right now that has a golf theme and I know the Red Cross did a handyman theme with a tool box and tools. For the United Way board’s basket we usually go to the vendors of the event and get gift certificates to show our support and appreciation to them.”

Raffle tickets for the baskets are $1 each or $5 for six. While they are available at the United Way office, Mizer encourages people to buy them from the partner agencies to help them with their fundraising.

“They have 100 to sell and theirs have their name on the back of them,” Mizer said. “Each one they sell they get the money back dollar for dollar.”

During the evening Brad Fuller will play music to entertain attendees and Lynn Jacobs will emcee the event. Mizer also said Buckeye Brine representatives will be there to make a large donation to the United Way fundraising campaign.

“They are a pace setter and we really appreciate them doing that,” she said. “A pace setter sets the tone for the rest of the campaign and encourages other industries to give generously as they have in the past. We are mindful though that many industries want to take time and not rush their campaigns and will donate and contribute.”

United Way’s fundraising goal is $375,000 and the corporate sponsor is COTC.

“They are celebrating their 45th anniversary and we are glad to be able to partner with them in this special year and help them recognize their anniversary,” Mizer said.

This is the 12th year for A Taste of Coshocton County and Mizer said they are lucky to have Lake Park Pavilion to hold it in.

“When you get that many people under one roof it’s like one big family reunion,” she said. “You are fellowshipping over good food, listening to good music and seeing people you might not have seen for a while. It brings people together.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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