Bite of Bandon Culinary Showcase and Auction
Name: Bite of Bandon Culinary Showcase and Auction
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
This fun annual event showcases 15-18 local restaurants and purveyors to benefit the Bandon Community Youth Center. Founded in 1998, the Bandon Community Youth Center mission statement was updated in 2014, "To provide opportunities for youth and families to learn, grow, and experience success." The center currently runs "After School Homework Help" at their facility M-Th, and with a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation provides after school math tutoring at the local middle school for grades 4-5 and 7-8, also M-Th. Family engagement activities were added this year, including a Pollinator Planting Day, where families could enjoy a free lunch, learn about pollinators, and pot their own plants to take home. Research shows that students are more likely to experience academic success when families are involved. In summer months the center provides a series of summer camps with focus on STEM and outdoor related activities. The Bite of Bandon is the major fundraiser of the year for this organization and includes a silent and live auction featuring generous donations from local, regional, and national businesses and organizations.