Rotary Great Tastes at Suntree event helps at-risk and homeless children, promotes learning


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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, left, was the keynote speaker at the Great Tastes at Suntree kickoff by Suntree Rotary to benefit Taking Stock in Children, represented by Janice Kershaw; Irma Jolly, Gabrielle Place; and Richard Yount who represented the Boys and Girls Club in Melbourne.

The Suntree Rotary Club has added a new charity to its fold, but the mission is one they have supported for years. Proceeds from the annual Great Tastes at Suntree from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Suntree Country Club will be split three ways.

Gabrielle Place is the new name of the Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children. Located in the Suntree area west of U.S. 1, north of Pineda Causeway, the charity helps homeless women with children become stable and productive, and seeks to break the cycle of homelessness by teaching children healthy life skills.

Dozens of restaurants will vie for People’s Choice bragging rights and bring their top dishes for attendees to sample while listening to live music and taking part in a variety of games and activities geared to both adults and youngsters.

Take Stock in Children is the second charity to benefit. Run by Brevard School District's Brevard Schools Foundation, the nonprofit helps students earn scholarships for higher education, especially those in need.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida north Melbourne Temple Terrace location is the third charity. The club gives children a safe place away from home to hang out in a positive environment, and physical activities to challenge their minds and bodies.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey was keynote speaker at an event kickoff breakfast Sept. 16 at Suntree Coluntry Club.

“Investing in children is one of the greatest ways to grow a great adult,” Ivey said. “If you don't, the reverse will result.”

Suntree Rotary is seeking businesses to sponsor Great Tastes for $500, which includes 10 tickets to the event. Tickets are $30 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 321-890-4301.

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