Taste of Phoenixville raises $65K for Good Samaritan

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Taste of Phoenixville guests applaud reaching the goal of “15 in 15” – $15,000 raised in 15 minutes for Good Samaritan Services, which contributed to the total of $65,000 raised for shelter and housing services.

This year’s Taste of Phoenixville, one of Chester County’s annual signature fundraisers, raised $65,000 for Good Samaritan Services, the non-profit that provides temporary emergency, transitional and affordable permanent housing, as well as essential community resources to men, women and children who are experiencing, or who are at risk of homelessness. 

Held at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, this year’s “Taste” event featured cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants and caterers, as well as complimentary local beer, wine and spirits from local breweries and distilleries.  More than 400 guests attended the event and, after sampling the many “tastes”, voted Bistro on Bridge, Majolica and Foresta’s Market as the top three food establishments of the evening.

“This was our 17th Taste of Phoenixville event and once again, the community came together in support of those experiencing homelessness,” said Nate Hoffer, CEO of Good Samaritan Services.  “We thank all of our sponsors, the food and drink partners who donated their time, talent and delicious food and drink, and we also thank everyone who purchased tickets, bid on auction items and made additional donations.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, food and drink partners and guests.”

A high point of the event was “15 in 15” – an online donation challenge to raise $15,000 in 15 minutes, which was achieved well within the timeframe.

Good Samaritan Services assists men, women and children in Chester and Lancaster Counties who are in need of shelter, transitional housing and stability.  The organization owns nine properties that are used for emergency shelter and transitional housing, serving up to 70 people every day.  The permanent housing services and Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services programs serve an additional 120 single mothers and children daily.  Combined, all Good Samaritan Services programs impact nearly 400 people in Chester and Lancaster Counties every year.

“It costs us $23 per person per day to provide shelter, housing, case management services, food and supplies,” said Hoffer.  “With the proceeds from Taste of Phoenixville, we can serve nearly 100 people in all of our programs for an entire month.”

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