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Taste of Coventry fundraiser to help create new playground

4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

COVENTRY — Area residents can sample what Coventry has to offer at the second annual Taste of Coventry, a strolling food and wine fundraiser to be held May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Prime 93, 4315 Manchester Road.

Organized by the Coventry PTA, proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the redesigned elementary school to open in 2015, according to Clayton Cundiff, event chair and PTA treasurer.

“I believe we truly live in a wonderful community, and the Taste of Coventry is the perfect event to grab your friends, neighbors, folks from across town and have them experience what makes our community shine,” said Cundiff. “If you came last year, you know how great a time it was, so grab some new people and enjoy.”

Cundiff said 20 restaurants and food vendors will be on hand to offer sample-size portions of their signature menu items at the event. In addition, Coventry High School’s own band, DaFunk’d, will provide entertainment and Thomas Classics will showcase rare luxury cars. A silent auction, raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing also will be offered.

The Coventry PTA hopes to raise $50,000 for the playground from the event, according to Cundiff.

“This new playground will not only need to meet the safety and recreational needs for our everyday children, but also of our special needs students,” he said. “Playgrounds cost from $50,000 to $150,000, and the PTA has begun to research available grants to assist in building one. The more we raise, the more grants and higher dollar amounts will be available to us to finish the project.”

Last year’s event raised more than $8,500 for the Coventry Levy Committee to help cover the costs of marketing and advertising for the bond issue, according to Cundiff.

Food and wine samples to be served at the Taste of Coventry will be offered by: Acme Fresh Market Catering, The Basement, the Coventry Diner, D’Angelo’s Italian Place, Dietz’s Landing, Figaro Farms, Hackers Bar & Grille, Hattie Larlham Café, the Honeymoon Grille, Johnny J’s Pub & Grille, Nicoletti’s Park Place, On Tap at the Harbor, Pav’s Creamery, Prime 93, Rendino’s Pizza, Shaffer’s Market and the Upper Deck.

According to event officials, the silent auction items will include: family fun passes to Kalahari Waterpark; the Golden Ticket, which allows the winner to swing a wrecking ball for the demolition of Erwin Elementary; catered boxed lunches for 20 people; a $200 Audio Technica gift basket; an ultimate woman’s day package that includes a spa, hair cut, tanning, beauty products and more; an ultimate man’s package with golf, craft beers, a cooler, golf balls and more; an ultimate date night package with a limo, restaurant gift cards and hotel accommodations; a wagon with wine from the Nauti Vine Winery; a Coventry pride basket; a fisherman’s basket; a family movie night package that includes gift cards for pizza, ice cream sundaes and Family Video; golf gift certificates; a Hattie Larlham bakery basket; and more.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at Ayers Insurance, 500 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road; Hair Gallery 101, 470 Portage Lakes Drive; Prime 93; and the Coventry Local Schools administration office, 2910 S. Main St. Tickets also will be available at the door.

All tickets purchased before the event will be entered into a drawing to win two door prizes worth more than $150 in restaurant gift cards, according to event officials.

This year’s event is sponsored by Stitches & Screens, Ayers Insurance and Thomas Classics, according to event officials.

For more information, contact Cundiff at 330-990-0291.

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