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Taste of Pasco to benefit 2 local aid groups


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SPRING HILL — In its fourth year, Taste of Pasco will raise funds for not one, but two nonprofit groups that need to supplement their finances.

“Focused to Do More” serves as the motto for the Leadership Pasco class of 2014 as they prepare for this year’s event, to take place 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion at Concourse, on S.R. 52 west of the Suncoast Parkway.

Advance tickets cost $25 and $30 the day of the event.

West Pasco Pregnancy Center and the RAP House for runaway teens both will benefit, Taste of Pasco publicist Jane Freeman said.

“Our class has set the bar high by doubling its fundraising goal from $20,000 to $40,000,” Freeman wrote in an email.

Co-chairs Amanda Hart and Karie McAteer note the event typically draws about 800 people. They explained in a press release how funds will help the two organizations.

The Runaway Alternatives Project, or RAP, House, in New Port Richey, provides a safe place to stay for youths ages 10 to 17 who are runaways, homeless, or in need of short-term, out-of-home respite placement for any reason.

As part of Youth and Family alternatives, RAP House staff members provide admission services, youth supervision, food, clothing if needed, crisis counseling, life skills education, individual and family counseling, recreation, leisure-time activities and case management services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There is no fee for RAP House services. Funds from Taste of Pasco will go toward much-needed building improvements and new furnishings.

For more than 27 years, West Pasco Pregnancy Center has saved thousands of lives while helping its clients achieve their full potential, despite the pressures and consequences of an unintended pregnancy.

The nonprofit pregnancy center promotes life-affirming responsibility to transform lives. The nonprofit group strives to empower women and families to make informed decisions through essential health, parenting and life skills education and counseling.

Funds from Taste of Pasco will help buy a mobile ultrasound for the Mobile Medical unit of the pregnancy center.

To learn more contact Taste of Pasco organizers at tasteofpasco2014@gmail.com or go online to www.leadershippasco.com/TasteOfPasco.

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