The first annual Zest! event held on Thursday, Sept. 20 was hands down a success! The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers and Cheerful Givers are fortunate to have generous sponsors in Mauer Chevrolet, Home Federal Savings Bank, Superior Service Center, Xcel Energy, Thrivent Northern and Southern Dakota Chapters, State Farm Agent Nick DeVries, Don Stevens and Dakota Electric.
Many thanks to our participating restaurants for their delicious, ethnic “tastes”
—Andiamo Italian Restorante, Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill, Buca di Beppo
(Burnsville), Gorkha Palace, Green Mill, Leeann Chin, Lost Spur, Qdoba, Rudy’s Red Eye Grill’s (Rosemount) and Ze’s Diner – topped off by craft beer samples by College City Beverage with Lucid Brewing and Odell Brewing Company.
The entertainment was top-notch featuring emcee Robyne Robinson, celebrity
chefs Amalia Moreno-Damgaard and Elizabeth Ries, Barb Schaller, Nitaya
Panemalaythong (Miss Minnesota USA) and Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance
Theater. The stage exploded with an energetic finale` by O’Shea Irish Dancers.
Thanks to Scott Swenson for emceeing the ‘heads and tails’ game to win one of
two walls of wine, generously donated from Byerly’s and Bourget Imports. The
ethnically themed Zest! silent auction baskets were more than extraordinary. Thank you to our many donors.
Special thanks to the volunteers who, instead of attending Zest! as a guest, helped make the flow of the evening seem like a seasoned event! Lost Spur management and staff graciously provided the upscale space and accommodating service.
Overall, the event raised nearly $23,000. Thanks to our guests, sponsors and
donors, your continued partnership allows us to eliminate hunger in Dakota County and provide birthday gifts for children experiencing poverty.
Lisa Horn, Executive Director
Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers
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