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Burke County United Way presents Toast of the Town 2017!


TOAST OF THE TOWN is THE signature community FUNdraising experience where friends and community gather to support and invest in the children of Burke County.

PROCEEDS from Toast of the Town will support the Burke County United Way, 4 Burke Kids-Embracing the Future Fund. Grants will be awarded through a vetted allocation process to Burke County non-profits that provide services to children in our community.

VENUES include four distinctive FUNdraising experiences. The $60 ticket price assists in providing the evening’s dining and entertainment experience, but then the true FUNdraising begins! At each venue, there will be a brief presentation regarding the needs of children in our community. Guests will be provided an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win an outstanding venue prize or to make a tax-deductible donation to support the 4 Burke Kids-Embracing the Future Fund.



Location:  “The Cedars” - Historic Tate House 
                   100 South King Street, Morganton (Morganton Savings Bank)

Hosts:       Katrina & Joe Blumetti, Susan & Don Haugen
                   and Dana & Scott Whisnant

Menu:       Signature Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner, and Dessert

Attire:       Garden Elegance

Description: A historian enthusiast’s delight! Enjoy dining at its finest on the lavish lawn of the historic Tate House. Built in 1850, by Samuel McDowell Tate who was a merchant, soldier, railroad official, and legislator, this former home is a local landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy sipping on handcrafted cocktails and indulge in exquisite hors d’oeuvres served in the octagonal tower.  Mingle among friends while basking in the ambiance of this historic venue.  Dinner will be served under the stars while enjoy the jazzy sounds of Nathan Hefner.

Venue Prize: A Charlotte Sports Package including four Silver Club Level tickets for the Carolina Panthers/Atlanta Falcons game on November 5, 2017 and two courtside seats for the Charlotte Hornets. Parking is included for both events. Package Value $ 5,000



Location:  1046 Overlook Cove Road, Morganton
                   (South Pointe - Dry Creek)

Hosts:       Martha and Chip Whitfield

Menu:       Low Country Shrimp Boil

Attire:       Casual Elegance, Cool and Comfortable

Description: It’s a boil y’all! Join us for some super-fresh shrimp, a simple setup, and a very festive atmosphere. This party will take place on our peninsula overlooking Lake James. A majestic sunset and early evening view of Shortoff Mountain is a bonus!  The seated dinner will be served on the south and east decks of our home. Plan to join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and spectacular views while enjoying live music by singer/songwriter Todd Greene, whose soulful style and multi-genre influences will entertain you!

Venue Prize:  Abingdon, Virgina Package for Two. A one-night stay at the historic Martha Washington Inn & Spa located in beautiful Abingdon, Virginia. This package includes a three-course dinner for two at Sisters, American Grille located at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa, a $150 spa credit and two tickets to enjoy an outstanding performance at the nation’s longest running professional theatre, The State Theatre of Virginia - Barter Theatre. Package Value $700



Location:  Morganton Station
                   605 South Green Street (formerly “More Lace”)

Hosts:       Danielle Welch and Doug Brown

Menu:       Elegant Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner and Dessert

Attire:       Cocktail Chic with Coordinating Mask

Description: Find a mask and wear it well so your true identity, no one can tell! Wearing your cocktail chic and coordinating mask, join us for an evening of fun, frivolity, and beautiful music. The evening begins with hors d’oeurves with time to socialize before enjoying an elegant dinner followed by an amazing variety of chocolate confections. Throughout the evening, enjoy the delightful sounds of great jazz by Shane Chalke and Banner Elk Jazz for both listening and dancing. Before unmasking, make a keepsake of the evening in the photo booth compliments of Dr. Kimberly Gragg, Gragg Orthodontics.

Venue Prize: Mountain Escape. A long weekend, January 1- March 31, 2018, for up to 22 in this exquisite private mountain home located in Celo. Enjoy the luxury of this 5,200 square feet home beautifully situated in the Pisgah National Forest. Spend your weekend relaxing or reconnecting with friends, this beautiful rustic home is so comfortable you will never want the weekend to end! Package Value $1,275



Location:  City of Morganton, City Hall
                   305 East Meeting Street, Morganton

Hosts:       Leslie & Travis Mull and Natalie & Brian Thompson

Menu:       Hor d'euves, Assortment of Elegant Tapas & Desserts

Attire:       Smart Casual Wear & Comfortable, Yet Fun Wacky Shoes

Description: Adventure awaits you! Enjoy an interactive scavenger race in Downtown ‘Motown'. Guests will begin the evening enjoying beverages and appetizers before departing in teams to decipher clues. These clues will lead to various downtown destinations to collect next action steps which may include performing tasks and taking memorable selfies to upload to a created Event Facebook page. Teams will race back to home base where prizes await, including an individual prize for the wackiest shoes. The evening will conclude with an elegant, casual meal of tapas and desserts accompanied by the melodies of Sandra Bennett and The Riverstones.

Venue Prize: Explore Burke Package for Four. Enjoy a lovely sunset cruise with light hors d’oeuvres and wine on pristine Lake James; a guided, historical tour of Broughton Hospital; and a private, guided tour of Fort San Juan/Joara by staff archeologist. Additionally, this package includes gift certificates to several local establishments: Brown Mountain Bottle Works, Catawba Brewery, and Silver Fork Winery. Package Value $600


The Producer’s Circle


Dawn and Robert Collett
Ann and Hugh Morgan
Wells Fargo


Joan and Dan Bradley
Georgia and William Collett
Sally and Rich DeAugustinis
Duke Energy
Dr. Kimberly Gragg, Gragg Orthodontics
Haugen-Carver Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Lea and Randy Loftis
Janice and John Rostan
The Morganton News Herald


Burke Primary Care
Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge
Everett Chevrolet
Kellex Corporation
Mimosa Insurance Agency, LLC
Morganton Eye Physicians, PA
Anita and Charles Rutherford
Sossoman’s Funeral Home
Libby and Chris Stephens


Benjamin's & Libba's
Bowers Nationwide Insurance
Catawba Valley Medical Services
Cottonwood Development Company
EmergeOrtho, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Brazinski
J. Branstrom & Associates
Marsha Riddle
Smith, Miller, & Buff, CPA, PA
The Kitchen Connection
Allen & Jean VanNoppen

Venue Hosts

Katrina and Joe Blumetti
Susan and Don Haugen
Leslie and Travis Mull
Natalie and Brian Thompson
Danielle Welch and Doug Brown
Dana & Scott Whisnant
Martha & Chip Whitfield

Venue Prize Donors

Steve Baker
Brown Mountain Bottle Works
Catawba Brewery
Ken Clark
Erwin Family
Joara Foundation
Martha Washington Inn & Spa
“Mo” Schwind & Tracy Yancey
Silver Fork Winery
The Kitchen Connection
Catherine and Richard Turner
Adaie Young

Organizing Committee & Liaisons

"Mo" Schwind, chair|
Caroline Butler
Keith Bowman
Kathleen Bute-Schmidt
Ken Clark
Travis Mull
Robin Nicholson
Jennifer Propst
Catherine Turner
Chasity Poteat Rice