After selling out two years in a row, A Taste of West Dallas re-imagines the experience and goes virtual, while sharing the much-needed exposure with West Dallas restaurants.
A Taste of West Dallas, presented by Texas Capital Bank, is an annual event that supports Wesley-Rankin Community Center and participating West Dallas restaurants. In an unlikely year, they have changed things up and are providing donors and sponsors a virtual experience on Sunday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. The event is Co-Chaired by two couples, Julie and Duston Burns and Rita and Cleve Clinton.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) partners with their West Dallas neighbors by providing education and resources to drive community transformation. WRCC consistently identifies challenges in the community and this year the West Dallas restaurants are especially in need of support.
“Wesley-Rankin’s program objectives haven’t changed with COVID-19 but how we meet the objectives has,” said Shellie Ross, Executive Director of Wesley-Rankin Community Center. “We have always assessed needs, built systems and provided resources and with COVID-19, the same applies, but the systems are more complex and comprehensive. For example, what was once a meal to a participant is now food security for an entire family unit.”
The virtual experience takes the audience through the stories and restaurants that mean so much to the West Dallas community, while raising funds for WRCC’s ongoing programs. And every ticket purchase includes a Restaurant Rewards card with special offers for the restaurants to further encourage people to visit once they feel comfortable.
Participating Restaurants/Caterers are 3015 at Trinity Groves (with Chef Sharon Van Meter), Steam Theory Brewing Company, Saint Rocco’s at Trinity Groves, Locura Dallas, and Frida’s Tacos.
“Duston and I are new to the Wesley-Rankin family and are so impressed with their holistic approach to serving the West Dallas community and adjusting quickly when its needs change,” said Julie Burns, Co-Chair of A Taste of West Dallas. “Usually an event raises funds to support its own organization, yet we took this a step further in working with participating restaurants to increase exposure for them as well. It’s a full community effort and we are so grateful to be a part of it.”
With COVID-19, so many events, nonprofits and restaurants have been just a few of the many industries affected. Many longtime supporters of WRCC asked how they could support the community, even if there was no event. A Taste of West Dallas may not be the same experience as past years, yet the idea was developed with a commitment to give back to Wesley-Rankin and the surrounding West Dallas community.
“Cleve and I have been supporters of Wesley-Rankin Community Center for over 40 years and we’ve never seen them re-invent the wheel any more efficiently and effectively than they have in 2020,” says Rita Clinton, Co-Chair of A Taste of West Dallas. “Offering virtual programs and socially distanced assistance to their entire clientele, from young children to the senior citizens in the West Dallas community, has presented a challenge beautifully met.”
The 2020 A Taste of West Dallas has a new look to raise the greatly needed funds supporting the ongoing and, in many cases, redesigned programs at Wesley-Rankin Community Center.
Video - via email link you can watch West Dallas chefs and restaurateurs sharing their stories and a few of their popular dishes, spiced up by updates from Wesley-Rankin. The link will be shared and go “Live” on November 8 and available until December 1.
Reward Cards - Our featured restaurants will provide a “free item(s) with purchase” or discount to use at the time of your choosing.
Prize Drawing - Ticket purchasers’ names will go into a drawing for valuable prizes, drawing to be held when the video goes “live.”
$1,500 Aspiring Professionals Sponsor
Sponsor a student in the program, receive 2 t-shirts, an appreciation gift basket, 3 Reward Cards, 3 prize drawing tickets, recognition on website.
$500 Casa Feliz Sponsor
Sponsor party for senior citizens, receive 2 invitations to party, an appreciation basket, 2 Reward Cards, 2 prize drawing tickets, recognition on website.
$100 Individual Sponsor Ticket
1 Reward Card, 1 prize drawing ticket, recognition on website.
$50 Individual Ticket
1 Reward Card,1 prize drawing ticket
Questions? Contact 214-742-6674 ext. 110. Pay online at https://wesleyrankin.org/events/ or by check (please include e-mail with contact info).
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