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‘Taste of Hope’ is set to welcome patrons in person and virtually


Above / For many years, the wine pull has been a popular attraction at the Taste of Hope, as demonstrated by fun-loving Hossein Jamali, owner of Meson Sabika, way back when. Also for many years, Meson Sabika has provided samples of its signature dishes at the benefit for DuPagePads. (PN File Photo)

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 16th Annual Taste of Hope planned by DuPagePads on Thurs., March 3, 2022.

As DuPagePads continues to assist record numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit organization founded in 1985 will host both in-person and virtual opportunities to heighten awareness and raise funds to help achieve it ongoing mission.

In-person event is Thurs., March 3, 2022

Guests are invited to join DuPagePads in person at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace from 6PM to 9PM Thurs., March 3, and sample signature dishes from restaurants across the area while following the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines.

Virtual event runs Feb. 26 to March 1, 2022

Virtual opportunities to attend are scheduled Feb. 26 to March 1, and will feature presentations, cooking demonstrations, games, and interactive activities.

Co-chaired by DuPagePads’ board members Tami Weir and Mary Morrissey of Naperville, this year’s Taste of Hope experience provides guests much to enjoy beyond savory menu items. The benefit will include raffles, wine pulls, and desirable silent auction items for mobile bidding.

The evening also features a live auction of “fabulous trips and exclusive experiences,” organizers noted in a news release.

Event details, online bidding, and a list of participating restaurants are available now at:

“I am so grateful to our sponsors, our committee and the tremendous donors who are helping to make our work possible during this critical time for our organization,” stated April Redzic, President and CEO of DuPagePads. “Before COVID, we were helping up to 150 people each night to sleep safe and warm. Tonight, we’re serving 263—many of whom are families with small children.”

Redzic added, “The Taste of Hope is not just a fun week of philanthropy; our attendees are helping our clients to have a warm bed, a hot meal and a step toward ending their homelessness. We’re blessed to be in such a caring community and can’t wait to share an evening of fun and food with everyone.”

Featured Restaurants and Eateries

To learn more about participating restaurants, caterers and bakeries prepared to provide samples of their signature dishes at the 2022 Taste of Hope, visit the DuPage Pads website.

Note tastes will be provided by Adelle’s Fine American Fare in Wheaton, Cadence Kitchen and Co. in Downers Grove, Chef by Request in Naperville, CityGate Grille in Naperville, DeEtta’s Bakery in Naperville and Meson Sabika in Naperville.

With multiple locations, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Miss Dottie’s Pound Cakes and Nothing Bundt Cakes also are slated to participate.

Ticket and table reservations now available online

Tickets are available for $125 per person on or before Feb. 13, 2022, or $150 per person after Feb. 13. Tables of 10 are also available for $1,000 per table on or before Feb. 13, 2022, or $1,250 per table after Feb. 13.

In-person tickets include access to all virtual presentations. Tickets to attend virtual presentations only are available for $50 per person.

Tickets and tables are available to purchase at https://2022TOH.givesmart.com.

Organizers expressed appreciation to all supporters and businesses committed to help to end homelessness in our community by sponsoring the Taste of Hope.

Additional sponsorship, advertising, restaurant, and auction item donation opportunities for local businesses and restaurants are available until February 4.

For more information, contact Carrie Flick at (630) 480-4186 or CFlick@dupagepads.org.

To learn more about DuPagePads, visit www.dupagepads.org.

News release submitted by Kate Ryan for DuPagePads.

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