Beaumont Civic Center packed to raise money for feeding hungry people

Just $10 bought many Southeast Texans a ticket Tuesday night to good eats and good music; all for a good cause.

The 12th annual tasting for Some Other Place proved to be a big hit as it drew a large crowd to the Beaumont Civic Center.  More than 55 booths lined the building and were staffed with members of local restaurants, churches and civic groups. The volunteers offered up a tasty bite to satisfy just about any palette.

Samuel Monk and his family moved to Beaumont just a few months ago and said he sampled the fair including hummus and salsa. His favorite was the shrimp etouffee.

Still nibbling, or taking a break to let their food settle, many in attendance stopped to enjoy the music from local band Mid-life Crisis. Like the band's name implies, the event was all about supporting local Southeast Texans when they're hit with a crisis.

Paula O'Neal, the director of Some Other Place says the Tasting is the organization's only fundraiser for the year. The proceeds will keep key programs alive.

"It's a wonderful group of people that are coming together to make sure that there are services available for those that live amongst us that are in need" said O'Neal.

Each ticket sold will make an impact in the community whether the money is used to fund a soup kitchen, a day center for the homeless or even to buy school supplies.

Sisters Grace and Brieann Fiorenza said they're glad their mother told them about the event.

"We just love local events and... stuff like this that can get the community all in one place. And then ... all this great, wonderful food for everyone to eat...you can't pass that up" said Brieann.

After the event wrapped up, O'Neal said she estimates 2,000 people attended the tasting. Volunteers plan to begin compiling totals on Wednesday.

For more information on how to get involved with Some Other Place visit www.sopbmt.org.


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