1,200 Guests Help Raise $188,100 at 24th Annual A Toast to the Triangle


Area Restaurants Honored for Their Culinary Delights


[USPRwire, Wed Apr 01 2009] Mary Freeman, president and CEO of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, announced today that $188,100 was raised at the 24th annual A Toast to the Triangle™. More than1, 200 guests attended the Center’s signature fundraising event held March 8.

A Toast to the Triangle offered guests samples from nearly 40 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and specialty beers. Participants also had the opportunity to bid on an array of donated items during the event’s live and silent auctions.

In a spirited, yet friendly competition, A Toast to the Triangle judges honored restaurants with six “2009 Best in Show” food category awards:

Best Entrée: Bentley’s at Crossroads, Cary – Seared Jumbo Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Curry Pineapple Salsa

Best Appetizer : An, Cary – Shrimp Cupcake

Best Presentation: Bentley’s at Crossroads, Cary – Seared Jumbo Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Curry Pineapple Salsa

Best Dessert: Second Empire, Raleigh – Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Brown Sugar Anglaise

Best Visual Theme: An, Cary

People’s Choice Award: An, Cary

2009 event judges include:

• Diane & Steve Abourisk, A Baker’s Dozen
• Sarig Agasi, Zely & Ritz
• Mary Kay Cawthorne, Poppyseed Market
• Becky Christian, Food Writer
• Jennifer Cole, Southern Living
• Zak Coolbaugh, Nina’s Ristorante
• Teresa Damiano, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
• Kristen & Steven Daniels, ABC 11
• Steven Greco, International Gourmet Foods
• Mark Horney, Turner Wine Imports
• Julia McGovern, Poppyseed Market
• Jason Munyon, Nina’s Ristorante
• Janet Novak, Mutual Distributing
• Tripp Tracy, Carolina Hurricanes

A Toast to the Triangle raises funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., which in turn supports programs and services of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The Center provides educational, residential and family support services for children and adults with special needs. More information is available at www.atoasttothetriangle.org.

Related Links:
www.atoasttothetriangle.org
www.tammylynncenter.org
www.mckimmon.ncsu.edu

Quotes:
“We were amazed by the turnout that made this year’s event such a success,” said Freeman. “None of this would be possible without the continued support from the community and the tireless efforts of all who have volunteered their time.”

About the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
The Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., founded in 1969, supports the following programs and services of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities: Early Intervention, Respite Care and non-Medicaid Day Services. For more information, please visit www.tammylynncenter.org.

About the Tammy Lynn Center:
Located on a nine-acre campus near North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities (TLCDD) offers educational, residential and family support services to children and adults with special needs. Founded in 1969, the center remains committed to providing the individuals it serves with the opportunity to maximize their abilities and potential in a loving, nurturing environment. TLCDD is owned by the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. and is independently operated by TLC Operations, Inc. Both corporations are under the parent company Tammy Lynn Center, Inc. All organizations are nonprofit entities (510(c)(3)), and contributions are tax deductible. For more information, please visit www.tammylynncenter.org.

About A Toast to the Triangle:
A Toast to the Triangle was first held on April 6, 1986 at Carolina Place. Approximately $6,000 was raised to build residential facilities at the Tammy Lynn Center. Since then, the event has been held annually to raise funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., which in turn supports programs and services of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The event offers an astonishing array of culinary splendor from nearly 40 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and specialty beers. Attracting more than 1,200 people, last year’s event raised more than $212,000 for the center’s programs and services. To learn more about this event, please visit www.atoasttothetriangle.org.

Keywords:
Tammy Lynn Foundation, Inc., Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, A Toast to the Triangle, Mary Freeman, Maria Hernandez, McKimmon Center, North Carolina non-profit, Raleigh fundraiser event, Raleigh restaurants,

Maria I. Hernandez
Director of Development
Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities
(919) 755-2667
(919) 755-7421 (fax)
mhernandez@tammylynncenter.org

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