Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Donations and services needed for A Taste of Mount Airy

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Step up to the plate for youth sports.

The sixth annual A Taste of Mount Airy is just around the corner, and organizers expect this year’s event to hit a home run with its sports theme.

Wear your favorite sports jersey or T-shirt on Feb. 9 as you sample local cuisine, listen to music, and bid on auction items to help raise money for the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association’s Soccer Committee.

Donations of items and services are still needed for inclusion in the live and silent auctions.

Participants will be listed in a program bulletin, said Jessica Windsor of the Illiano Group, the organization sponsoring the event.

Guests at this year’s event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Firemen’s Activities Building on Twin Arch Road, can bid on haircuts, free movie rentals, trips to Florida, memorabilia from professional sports teams and local leagues, as well as a variety of other items.

Pre-bids for some items, including a full laser eye surgery and follow up visits from The Laser Eye Center & Mount Airy Eye Care Center Associates, will be taken until Feb. 8.

In addition to having sports-related items available for auction bids, the Firemen’s Activities Building will also have a bit of a uniform change.

The Main Event, a Mount Airy business specializing in festive party supplies and décor, will donate fun, themed displays for the event, a role in which the company has participated in the past.

‘‘She always does a good job,” Windsor said of owner Carol Cahall’s decoration selection.

Tickets for A Taste of Mount Airy are $30, and can be purchased at New York J & P Pizza, 409 E. Ridgeville Blvd., The Greene Turtle, 1604 Ridgeside Drive, and New Windsor Bank, 1001 Twin Arch Road.

The price will cover food, beverages and dessert from establishments including The Olive Leaf Café and Four Seasons Restaurant, as well as time on the dance floor.

‘‘Last year, we did really, really good,” Windsor said.

Returning for a repeat performance from last year is the Monaldi Brothers Band, an Italian group that plays a variety of tunes. ‘‘Everybody really seemed to like them,” Windsor said.

Those interested in purchasing tickets, donating auction items, or pre-bidding on items should call Jessica Windsor at 301-829-5200 or e-mail jessewindsor@comcast.net.

A Taste ofMount Airy

Additional information about the Feb. 9 event can also be found by visiting www.IllianoGroup.com online.