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Richie’s Alliance for Autism ‘Taste’ culinary fundraising event

April 24 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm


April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Richie’s Alliance for Autism will hold three days of charity events, April 22 – 24, providing outreach to Haywood County’s ASD children. 

The Richie’s Alliance ‘Taste’ event is from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Laurel Ridge Country Club and Event Center. Presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, this is WNC’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs, wineries, and brew masters — all coming together to donate their time and talent to help make Autism more understood. 

Richie’s Alliance not only works to raise awareness understanding of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), but also, provides much-needed support to ASD families.

“Whether or not you’ve been touched directly by Autism, chances are someone you love has,” said Richie’s Alliance co-founder Debra Perrone. “Join us to do something extraordinary.”

“This year, we’ve designated the Haywood County Exceptional Children’s Program as the beneficiary of Richie’s Alliance funds raised,” said Louis Perrone, co-founder of Richie’s Alliance. “This program provides specially-designed instruction to children with disabilities, ages 3 though 21, so that they have a free, appropriate public education. And, importantly, it directly benefits families in Haywood County.”

‘Taste’ attendees will sample signature dishes from local restaurants and mingle with top culinary talent, in an evening of gourmet food, wine, local brews and spirits. Shop the silent auction tables to benefit Haywood County Exceptional Children’s Program.

Auctioneer Allen Brasington will host the live auction, with exciting items including: A Royal Caribbean (RCCL) seven-day cruise for two; ‘Cop for a Day’ with the Maggie Valley Police Department; Classic Arcade Video Game cocktail-style; ‘Paint and Sip’ evening for 20 with master artist Jo Ridge Kelley; private wine class for 10 at Frankie’s; a Harrah’s Cherokee overnight get-a-way; and a photo safari for four with naturalist and photographer Ed Kelley.

Champagne VIP Pol Roger Champagne Experience:
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., VIP guests will experience the exclusive VIP Pol Roger Champagne tasting, with wine from around the globe, early admission to the Taste event, a first look at silent and live auction items, live music and the stunning views of Laurel Ridge’s golf-course setting. VIP tickets are $100 per guest.

General Admission:
General admission begins at 5:30 p.m. and offers an evening of spectacular food, wine and local craft beers. Sample from the restaurants and mingle with the area’s top culinary talent. Bid on silent auction items, dance to a live band and enjoy the excitement of the live auction. This will be 2019’s premier foodie event for Haywood County. Tickets are $50 per guest.

To order tickets and see a list of participating restaurants, wineries and breweries, visit


April 24
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Laurel Ridge Country Club
49 Cupp Lane
Waynesville, NC 28786 United States


Richie’s Alliance for Autism
‭(828) 926-6216‬