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Trust your tastes with annual fundraiser

Tickets to one of the tastiest events in Brookhaven go on sale Thursday and the organization behind it is hosting a party to celebrate.

The Brookhaven Trust will have a ticket party from 5 to 7 p.m. on the patio at Georgia Blue in downtown Brookhaven to distribute tickets to the annual Taste of the Trust. It’s a come-and-go event for members but it is also open to anyone who wants to be a part of the preservation of the history, culture and arts of Brookhaven.

Membership is free for The Brookhaven Trust, said President Jillian Ricceri. However, members agree to sell 10 tickets to the annual fundraiser as part of their participation. Meetings are held quarterly.

“The Brookhaven Trust holds one fundraiser each year, the Taste of the Trust, which features food-tasting, a silent auction and live music. The proceeds from this event benefit The Brookhaven Trust, which works to preserve historical and cultural elements of downtown Brookhaven and cultivation of the arts,” Ricceri said. “We are so thankful for the continued support of our community making each year a huge success. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Tickets for Taste of the Trust are $35. The event will be Nov. 14 from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the Brookhaven County Club. Music will be provided by “Keys vs. Strings: Marvin Curtis and Topher Brown” with food from more than 15 area restaurants.

Each year, a People’s Choice Award is given to the creator of the best amuse-bouche and chosen by popular vote. In the past, winners have included lamb and chickpea stew from Matt Fitzsimmons of Betty’s Eat Shop and assorted desserts from Teegie Hargro of Sweeteez.

The Trust began in 1991, when a group of like-minded individuals joined together to create the organization as part of the effort to save Mary Jane Lampton on the historic campus of Whitworth College. Proceeds from the Taste of the Trust fundraiser are used to further its mission to preserve the history of the city and promote the arts.

In the past, the Trust has donated money for improvements at the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Museum, Mississippi School of the Arts and The Haven and at several businesses through its façade program.

To donate a silent auction item, contact Ricceri at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce at 601-833-1411.

After Thursday, tickets can be purchased from any Trust member or at the Chamber.