The Industrial arts building at the Bloomsburg Fairground will be heating up for what should be an amazing night of food, beverages, and related wares at the Ronald McDonald House’s 3rd Annual Taste of the Town. The event will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are $40 in advance / $50 at the door and your admission includes a wine glass, tastings, appetizers and live entertainment. All proceeds from the event go to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville which helps families in need by providing a home-away-from-home while their child is undergoing treatment for critical illnesses.

We had a chance to sit down with Ginnetta Reed, Director of Development And Communications for the Ronald McDonald House to find out more about this great event. Here is what she had to say.

Art of PA: So I understand you have a very big community event coming up in February, can you tell me a little about how it all started?

Ginnetta: The Taste of the Town event actually started 3 years ago as a fundraiser campaign to help build the Ronald McDonald House Family Room inside of Geisinger. The event was put on by a group of about 20 volunteers and had a goal to raise $100,000 for the project. I was actually working for the Geisinger Health Plan and not the Ronald McDonald House when we first started. The community outreach and buzz around the event was so incredible that we were able to more than double our fundraising goal and brought in $220,000 in less than a year. For the first year it was a unique mix of wineries, distilleries and food. All of the vendors enjoyed it, so we decided to continue on and turn it into an annual event. It also led to a number of community partnerships, and the Ronald McDonald House creating the Director of Development and Communications position for me.

AoP: That’s awesome! So what kind of partnerships were formed?

Ginnetta: Well, since the event was held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, the fair actually offered to donate $1 from every admission on Tuesday to help out our cause. Every little bit helps as the Ronald McDonald House is independently owned and operated and not supported directly by Mc Donald’s or Geisinger.

AoP: So what can we expect at the event on Saturday, February 2nd?

Ginnetta: The event has a very loose format. Guests can come and go as they please from 7:00 – 10:00 and sample beer, wine, and spirits from your favorite local wineries, distilleries and breweries with additional glasses and bottles available to purchase. Delicious appetizers will be provided by Lucy’s Catering, The Inn at Turkey Hill, Lightstreet Hotel and Big Dan’s BBQ. We have also invited a few vendors that pair well with the food and beverages including Damn Yankee Catering, The Fairy Godmothers’ Boutique. Entertainment for the evening will be proved by R.A.T.L., we’ll have gift baskets raffles and 50/50 drawings, and Devoted To Your Day will be providing a photo booth. It should be a great evening where locals can break their cabin fever and sample the best of the town!

AoP: That really sounds like a jam packed event! Where can I get a ticket?

GInnetta: TIckets are $40 if you pre-order and can be purchased from Eventbrite. They will also be available at the door for $50. If you’d like to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House and how it helps the community, check out our website at

Bring your valentine, friends, family or co-workers for an evening that is guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

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