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Sip and Savor event supports Faith in Action

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- There was plenty of revelry and good food Saturday evening at the Fourth Annual Sip and Savor fundraiser for Faith in Action of the River Cities, but the good time was only the second overall goal for the event.

Faith In Action has hosted Sip and Savor at the Creative Kitchens showroom since the event began in 2010, and the objective of each event has remained the same, said Rose Thornburg, executive director of Faith in Action.

"This event, firstly, is to raise funds for Faith in Action," said Thornburg. "Secondly, and just as importantly, it's an opportunity for people who have never heard of Faith in Action to hear about what we do and for us to reach out into the community."

During the event, about 50 guests were treated to a series of wine and hors d'oeuvres pairings put together by executive chef Christopher Bowling, who has catered all of Faith in Action's fundraisers.

He said he became involved in the event because he and Thornburg attend church together.

"Faith in Action is an inter-faith organization, and their service to the community knows no bounds," said Thornburg. "This is a unique event is just a glimmer of all of the fundraising they do each year. This is an outreach event that welcomes anyone and everyone to join."

Faith in Action provides non-medical assistance to the elderly and adults with disabilities in Cabell County, northern Wayne County and Lawrence County, Ohio.

That includes what Thornburg described as "fill in the gap" services that governmental agencies and families cannot complete. Volunteers with the organization do things like transport clients to and from doctors' appointments and the grocery store, making friendly visits for socially isolated adults, providing a few hours of relief for family members who are caring for a loved one and making daily telephone calls to check on the safety and well-being of their clients, said Thornburg.

"We hope people do come here and get to enjoy tasting this wine and food," said Thornburg. "We also want people to know that they don't have to have a lot of money to be able to help out. We mostly want them to know that they can just as easily give hours to volunteer and help another person who needs it."

For more information about Faith in Action River Cities, visit www.fiarivercities.org or call 304-697-1274.

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