AAUW High Country Cuisine Raffle

Article Published: May. 12, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

A limited number of tickets are available for High Country Cuisine Raffle in support of the American Association of University Women's scholarship program for local women and girls.

"This is a platinum-plus opportunity to enjoy the best in High Country Cuisine at 28 wonderful local restaurants," said Sherrie King, the group's fundraising chairwoman. "Three grand prize packages of meals for two, worth a combined $1100, are yours for the winning."

Prize winners will enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at a selection of restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk.

First prize, valued at an estimated $500, is for meals for two at the following 12 restaurants: Best Cellar, Broyhill Inn, Canyons, Char, Coyote Kitchen, Crave, Paolucci's Italian Grill Bar & Grill, Pepper's, Proper, Red Onion, Sorrento's and Stonewall's.

Second prize, estimated value $390, is for meals at the following 10 restaurants: Bandana's Barbeque, Bella's, Hearthstone, Melanie's Food Fantasy, Puerto Nuevo, Red Onion, Speckled Trout, Twigs and Vidalia.

Third Prize, valued at an estimated $245, is meals at the following seven restaurants: Casa Rustica, Cha Da Thai, Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub, Jackalope's View, Joe's Italian Kitchen, The Peddler Steak House and Woodlands Barbecue & Pickin' Parlor.

Only 150 tickets will be sold at $15 each or four for $50. Prizes will be awarded June 4. Tickets are available from American Association of University Women (AAUW) members, or you may order them by calling (828) 263-0728.

The AAUW is an organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The High Country branch is the local arm of the organization with members from Avery and Watauga counties.

The organization encourages girls to pursue math and science studies by awarding scholarships to Camp Invention and Math and Science Camp, each held annually in the High Country,
The High Country AAUW also supports the New Opportunity School for Women, a three-week program held each summer at Lees-McRae College. The school provides low-income women in the Appalachian region with career and personal development skills, plus the motivation to improve their lives by recognizing and enhancing their abilities and self-esteem.

Proceeds of the High Country Cuisine Raffle will be used to further these efforts and to support other programs that advance opportunities for women and girls.

AAUW welcomes the public to their monthly meetings, which offer programs and opportunities to socialize.

"We are both a social and service organization," membership chairwoman Dianne Graham said. "We are always in search of new members, and a college degree is not a requirement."

The next meeting is 11 a.m. on May 14 and will offer a program on women's health issues. In June, the meeting will be a picnic at the Flintlock Campground near N.C. 105 South, where the drawing for the raffle winners will take place.

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