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'Tater Lovers Gather In Support Of Oakhurst Community Center

OAKHURST – Spuds and fancy table duds are elevated to new heights as Mountain Community Women (MCW) invite the public to gather for the 23rd annual Tables and Taters charity luncheon, planned for November 5 at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for an abbreviated MCW meeting beginning at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and festive fundraising.The tasty and tasteful event features a baked potato bar with four different toppings, along with the chance to view and vote on decorative table settings and “tablescapes.” $10 donation includes lunch and benefits the Oakhurst Community Center, located at 39800 Road 425B.

“Our community center is the hub of Oakhurst and the surrounding communities,” reminds MCW member Melanie Bainbridge. “It is rented for weddings, special meetings, we vote there, hold funerals, receptions, clubs have their meetings there and lots of fund raisers put on by many of the clubs in the area.”

MCW holds, on average, five fundraisers per year to benefit the community center.

Table setting 3Door prizes, raffle items and a silent auction are also being offered along with a display of “fantastically decorated tables,” says Bainbridge. The deadline for table-setting registration and ticket sales is Oct 26 and this year the theme is “wide open.”

“Whatever strikes your fancy will be great!” Bainbridge assures entrants, provided certain requirements are met. “MCW will supply one eight-foot rectangular or five-foot round table. Minimum four table settings, maximum six. Candles may not be lit and all decorations must be on the table.”

Bainbridge explains that participants will be judged by each attendee at the luncheon, who will be given three pennies.

“One vote for their favorite table, second favorite and third. The most pennies dropped in each of the containers at each of the tables will determine the three winners,” continues Bainbridge. “There will be a small cash prize for the three winners.”

Residents of Oakhurst and surrounding areas will be the real winners, as the community center is celebrated, and money is raised to keep the doors wide open, as they have been for so long.

For more information, registration or tickets, contact Melanie Bainbridge at 638-3068.

The Oakhurst Community Center website is

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