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Taste of Jubilee

Fundraising for Education

Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

The 13th annual Taste of Jubilee event at Minglewood Hall benefiting the Blue Streak Scholarship Fund Inc., broke sponsorship records, helping raise tens of thousands of dollars for education.

The Blue Streak Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization that raises scholarship money to give inner-city Memphis children the chance to receive private, faith-based educations. Students attend the Jubilee Schools of the Diocese of Memphis. Of all the students at the schools, 87 percent come from families that are at or below the federal poverty level.

Didier Aur, a founder and board member for Blue Streak, said the silent, online-only auction raised about $10,000 and said anywhere from 700 to 800 people attended. Ticket sales alone helped net more than $50,000 for the scholarship fund. Funds were also raised with a wine and liquor pull.

“We had more in sponsorships, we had about five new sponsors this year,” Aur said. “So we hit a record with sponsorship. Last year we set a record, and this year, we broke that record.”

Guests indulged in a variety of tastes and drinks from the menus of some of Memphis’ finest restaurants, including Slider Inn, Memphis Pizza Café, The Butcher Shop, Bosco’s, Half Shell, Lucchesi’s, Bangkok Alley, Grove Grill, Erling Jensen, Blind Bear and Patrick’s. The band in the main hall, The Deftonz (Robin Gallo, JT Page, Jim Pettit, Scott Reding and Donnie Sowell), specializes in weddings, parties, corporate functions and charity events. In addition, David Poole was entertaining folks in another room off the main hall.

“The two bands, they were just awesome,” Aur said. “They played every different kind of music.” Full bars, a VIP room with an hors d’oeuvres table and specially mixed cocktails featuring locally brewed beers, Minglewood Hall’s specialty smoking room and an open smoking area offered attendees many places to sit and socialize, which Aur said has always been one of the best parts of the Taste of Jubilee event.

“With people walking around, mingling, two different bands going on, all that, people didn’t have their cell phones out, they were talking to one another,” Aur said, noting that’s why the event is set up in such a format, to encourage socialization. The registration and auction were online only this year.

All the feedback he’s gotten from the public about the event has been great, he added. “I’ve had so many people telling me how awesome the event was,” Aur said. “All in all, it was just super positive, and it’s all to help the kids of Jubilee to pay their tuition, so it’s  for a great cause.”

Except for Minglewood employees, Aur said all the people working the event were volunteers., The nonprofit is already making plans for next year’s 14th annual Taste of Jubilee.

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