'Taste of' a fundraising feast

Who would have thought you could dig into chicken and biscuits from the Millstone Lodge, savor Augie's creamy cannolis, and chow down on pumpkin bisque from The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant, all for a good cause?

Here's your chance to stuff yourself silly at the Taste of Burnt Hills fundraiser Oct. 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School cafeteria. For the palatable price of $25, guests can nibble their way through a variety of food stations from 11 local restaurants, pubs and buffets.

Money raised at the mouth-watering evening will benefit The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Education Foundation, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization with a mission to provide seed money for school projects that fall outside the school budget. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has awarded nearly 50 grants for everything from scientific calculators to computer hard drives to a mini theater in the district's High School Blue Room.

Chew on this fact for a moment: The foundation has distributed more than $40,000 since it began as a grassroots effort.

All our grant allocations serve to enhance education, said foundation president Dorie McArthur. "We took a look at all the programs and equipment being cut year after year from school budgets and knew we had to do all we could to fill in the gaps."

Be prepared to unloosen your belt a notch or two at the dining event: The restaurants will offer up their seasonal specialties followed by coffee and Marcella's ice creams, including McArthur's personal favorite, Panda Paws.

"We end up with everything from soup to nuts," said McArthur, who hopes to raise $5,000 during the event.

To add to the festive ambiance, music will be provided by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Strings and the Burnt Hills Community Melody Makers. The Petal Pusher floral shop will provide flowers for centerpieces.

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