Good Samaritan to host annual Taste of Phoenixville at Foundry

Pepperoncini's "Pizza" Dave Griffith prepares to serve meatballs at last year's Taste of Phoenixville. Photo by Barry Taglieber
The HythaFam Band perform during last year's Taste of Phoenixville. Photo by Barry Taglieber

Good Samaritan Shelter of Phoenixville will be hosting its annual Taste of Phoenixville event Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Phoenixville Foundry.

Members of the community are invited to join a wonderful evening of delicious food and drink from local restaurants, as well as live music and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting the Good Samaritan Shelter.

Nate Hoffer, executive director of Good Samaritan, said people attending the event are helping the shelter achieve their mission of helping homeless men in Phoenixville transform their lives for the better.

Being a non-profit that relies so heavily on private donations from members of the community, this event really goes a long way in fulfilling our overall mission, which is to help people rebuild their lives, get back up on their feet and achieve success, said Hoffer.

When people buy a ticket, they are getting the tremendous benefit of enjoying one of the premier social events in the county, but they can also feel really good about themselves knowing that theyre playing a real important role in helping someone who is struggling, someone who needs help, making sure that they are given the opportunity to have a safe and comfortable place to live, find a job and to move on to permanent housing. Everything that we raise from the event goes directly towards providing shelter and critical services to the men that we serve in Phoenixville.

Hoffer said the Taste of Phoenixville is the largest fundraiser event they hold throughout the course of the year, with 25 restaurants and caterers that have signed on to participate and showcase a variety of food dishes for attendees to try.

Along with live music, there will also be a silent auction offering a plethora of items for guests to bid on throughout the evening. All auction items were donated for the event.

Its really an important fundraiser for us and its a great way for people from the community to come out and celebrate the important work that all of us are doing together to help men who are experiencing homelessness in Phoenixville, Hoffer remarked.

On top of all-you-can-eat food and drink for four hours that night, we are going to have a really great time, he added. We will have a live a band, The Hytha Fam band, who has performed at every Taste of Phoenixville event weve ever had, so were really fortunate to have them. Well have a silent auction again, which will feature over 50 items of various categories. Were really looking forward to it; were incredibly excited about it. Last year we had over 500 people there and were definitely expecting to hit that mark again this year.

Hoffer said the Phoenixville Foundry building serves as a great location to hold the event, which has been expanding in size each year as the event continues to gain in popularity.

The Phoenixville Foundry has been a wonderful partner and has really been kind and generous to us in allowing us to hold the event there, he said.

For the years leading up to last year, we held [the event] at different locations. Its been our norm to change venues every couple of years. What brought upon this most recent change to the Foundry was we kept growing out of the venues where we were having the event, which is a wonderful problem to have. We were at capacity, so we thought, Where else in Phoenixville can we go and make this happen? and the Foundry was right up there. Theyve been very gracious to us, serving as a corporate sponsor for the event.

Tickets and more information, including the list of participating restaurants, is available at tasteofphoenixville.com.

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