Trust fund-raiser a success

Published 6:00 am Friday, November 5, 2004

Hundreds filled the Brookhaven Recreation Departmentheadquarters Thursday to enjoy A Taste of the Trust and to helpsupport the organization’s historic preservation efforts.

Festivities included food samplings from more than 30restaurants, caterers and food experts, music and dancing and asilent auction for several trips, jewelry and other interestingitems.

“Everything you could want is right here,” said Emily Henderson,president of the Brookhaven Trust.

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With more than 400 tickets sold, the fund-raiser brought in morethan $10,000 for the organization. Henderson said the event alsohad more than $7,500 in corporate sponsorships and the silentauction generated several thousand dollars.

“We had great restaurant attendance,” Henderson said. “We’revery pleased, and we had some great volunteers who helped pull thisoff.”

When not sampling food items, eventgoers were able to perusesilent auction items and several rooms decorated with old picturesfrom the John H. Williams photo collection. The Trust is sponsoringan archival project for the photos.

“It’s been a delightful evening,” said Patrick C. Kelley, fromAndrea’s, a five-star restaurant in Metarie, La. “The people havebeen friendly and the food has been excellent.”

Thursday’s event replaced the Trust’s “A Night On The Town,”which had been held on New Year’s Eve. Trust members wereoptimistic about the future for “A Taste of the Trust.”

“I think everything went well, and I’m real happy with it,” saidBeverly Britt. “I hope next year turns out even better.”