Taste of Pine Island is August 21

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By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – The third annual Taste of Pine Island will be held Thursday, August 21, from 5-9 p.m. outdoors at Pine Haven Care Center. Tickets can be purchased at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island Area Home Services, Pine Island Bank, Better Brew Coffeehouse, and Thrivent Financial. Tickets for a children’s meal will be available at the door. The event is hosted by Zumbro-Cannon Valley Community of Thrivent Financial. 

Taste of Pine Island is a family-friendly, multi-generation social gathering that benefits and promotes two very important organizations in the Pine Island; Pine Haven Care Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Pine Island Area Home Services (PIAHS), which has been serving the community for over ten years. All proceeds from the event are divided equally between these two organizations.  With Taste of Pine Island funds, Pine Haven was able to purchase a new snack cart, upgrade some technology, and enhance activities and entertainment. PIAHS added Wi-Fi throughout its building, remodeled a meeting room, and aided in the area of transportation.

Appetizers, a full meal, refreshments, and spirits from local establishments will be served at Taste of Pine Island. Bounce castles will be available for kids. A variety of musical talent will entertain, starting with Jukebox Cruise at 5 p.m., followed by the Ray Sands Combo at 6 p.m., Pine Island Dixieland Band at 7 p.m., and LP and the 45’s at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction with an assortment of gifts and goodies will be held.  

Businesses can get on the Donor Board, which will have four Olympic levels – Bronze at $100, Silver at $250, Gold at $500, and Platinum at $1,000. Donors will be publicly thanked and listed in the Zumbro Shopper. 

Items for the auction are welcome and any monetary donations are appreciated. For more information contact the Pine Island Thrivent office at 507-356-4009.

The last two Taste of Pine Island events raised over $20,000 each. This year the event committee is hoping to raise $25,000. Volunteers play a big role in the success of the event by donating their time and talents. Once again the Lions Club, the Pine Island High School football team, and the Pine Island Fire Department will assist organizers and other volunteers from the community with the event.

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