'Savor the Flavors' takes participants on journey to past
By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY - It was a scene from a half-century ago. People talking and laughing, eating and drinking surrounded by polished mahogany paneling, flowers and softly-played jazz music on board the Southern Belle railroad car in the rail yard at Union Station.
Marty Denzer/Key photo
Participants dined in the elegance of a rail car during the Oct. 4 Savor the Flavors benefit for Catholic Charities.
As part of the fourth annual Catholic Charities benefit, "Savor the Flavors," donors of $1,000 or more were invited to a pre-event reception on the Southern Belle, courtesy of Michael Haverty, president and CEO of Kansas City Southern Industries, which owns the Southern Belle.
The gala, formerly called "Wind Beneath Our Wings," benefitted Catholic Charities Family and Children's Services. Proceeds help provide clothing, school and medical supplies , beds and cribs, foster care and case management services, birthparent services and professional counseling to children in need.
The main part of the evening took place in the Sprint Festival Plaza of Union Station. About 500 people sampled foods from six different restaurants: JJ's (American), Piropos (Argentinian), Cafe Maison (French), Cascone's (Italian), Rudy's Tenampa Taqueria (Mexican), and Saigon 39 (Vietnamese). Dancers from Legacy School of the Arts and Ole Music and Dance of Spain, the Chris Mayer Quartet and Susie Matthews as a living Statue of Liberty provided the entertainment. Floral arrangements were donated by Design House, Hibiscus Designer Florists, J'Adore, My Flowers, Needham Floral and Noel's.
Mike Halterman, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph said the evening was "definitely a success." Rozanne Prather, development coordinator for Catholic Charities Foundation, said that this year the benefit's planners had recruited more parishes to sponsor tables. Nine parishes sent representatives, including St. Therese in Parkville, Visitation, Holy Family, Holy Cross, Redemptorist, Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, St. John LaLande in Blue Springs, and Holy Spirit and Our Lady of the Presentation in Lee's Summit, she said.
Paula Moss, Catholic Charities Foundation director, said this year's event was expected to raise more than $70,000.