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Mt. Kisco Rotary Holding Fine Food Fundraiser

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.— The Mount Kisco Rotary Club's second annual Tastes of Northern Westchester benefit tonight offers an evening of fine food, wine and entertainment.

This year's event at the Mount Kisco Country Club will raise funds to benefit Northern Westchester Hospital's Community Health Outreach Program, which seeks to improve the delivery of health care to underserved families in the community through outreach and education initiatives.

Funds will also go to support the all volunteer group's other charitable, philanthropic and scholarship programs. Last year, the event benefitted the Northern Westchester Hospital's music therapy program for Alzheimer's patients, run by the Institute for Music and Neurological Function.

“Last year was first year our club did an event like this,” said John Bernz, Mount Kisco Rotary Club president. “We’d never done anything like it before. Most of the events that we’ve been involved with were generally on a smaller scale so we took a big chance that it would be a success.”

Carola Bracco, executive director of Neighbors Link, will be presented with a Community Service award for her work at the organization, whose families are some of those helped by the outreach program.

Bracco is a “strong advocate for helping local underprivileged families through education and personal growth,” said Bernz.

Some of the local restaurants that will be offering their cuisine at the event are Café of Love, FAB, Crabtree’s Kittle House, The Farmer and the Fish, La Camelia, La Cucina Toscana, Mt. Kisco Seafood, Tuscan Oven and Village Social. There will be desserts from L’Anjeou and La Tulipe, wines from Polaner Selections and high-end beers from Union Beer Distributors.

The event will feature ballroom dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bedford Hills and junior ballroom dancers from the Step Up Dance Company, whose members are children ages 5 to 11 from the Mount Kisco Childcare Center and Neighbors Link.

“The (ballroom dancing) made the event last year,” said Rotary Club member Judy Simon, “Everyone was talking about it for weeks afterward.”

Tickets for the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be available at the door for $250. The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, and new members are welcome to attend.

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