Food fundraiser kicks off Relay

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One of downtown Kilgore’s newest restaurants notched a win Monday night during the first Kilgore Taste-Off hosted by Relay for Life.

With hot shrimp gumbo and a key lime pie dessert waiting for guests in First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall, The Catch drew the most votes as 10 local commercial kitchens offered up a smorgasbord of samples.

“They were followed closely by Downtown D’Lites and Las Tejanitas” in second and third, said Teresa Anderson, co-organizer of local Relay for Life activities. Other participants included The Back Porch, Burrito Shop, Chili’s, Circle Cafe, Johnny Ozarks, The Pumphouse and the Arabella kitchen. “It was really close – there wasn’t a very big difference between first place and last place. We had really great food.

“The people who came enjoyed it; all the restaurants enjoyed it too.”

At $10 a plate with more than 130 people in attendance – and donations to boot – Relay for Life of Gregg County netted about $5,300 in its first fundraiser of 2018.

“That’s a great start toward our $50,000 goal,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t go to sleep last night because I was so full,” trying everything from D’Lites’ spread of Mother’s Potato Soup, Souper Soup and Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad to Las Tejanitas’ street tacos and enchiladas.

After Monday’s kick-off event, the central Relay campaign has two other events on tap later this year, but Anderson is looking forward to the upcoming series of events from participating fundraising teams.

“They’re all starting to plan their fundraisers,” she said.

The organization’s main upcoming events include a special dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Family Life Center of Forest Home Baptist Church. Then, the year’s RFL Fun Day and Glow Fest is scheduled Saturday, April 21, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. that night, featuring Relay’s annual luminaria ceremony at about 8:40 p.m.

Relay organizers and team representatives will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Ana-Lab – anyone interested in learning more or in supporting the effort is welcome to attend.

For more information, log on to Facebook.com/ACSRelayForLifeOfKilgore or email RFLKilgore@gmail.com.

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