Taste of Tega Cay benefits on-going ‘Neighbors’ aid project

joverman@fortmilltimes.comJune 10, 2013 

— Don’t be fooled by the name. Tega Cay Neighbors Helping Neighbors originated in Tega Cay, but the volunteer organization has expanded beyond the city limits to help people in need throughout York, Lancaster and Chester counties.

The group’s upcoming Taste of Tega Cay fundraiser will help raise funds to continue the organization’s efforts throughout the community.

Since the non-profit was formed six years ago, it has raised more than $400,000 for families in need, said organizer Bill Stumpf.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is run by a board that decides which applicants to help and whether it’s for short or long term.

They’ve helped families for a few weeks after a job loss, paying for rent and utilities, and others they’ve helped with long-term care, including a family they assisted for several years while the father was unable to work.

Right now, Neighbors Helping Neighbors has stepped in to help Pam Landires, a homeless woman living in the downtown Fort Mill area. The organization is helping Landires with groceries and hopes to help her with some medical needs, Stumpf said.

The group is also rallying around the Abouissa family, of Clover. The mother was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, the father is disabled, and both children have autoimmune disorders, Stumpf said.

The family has no insurance, so Neighbors Helping Neighbors is helping by bringing meals to the family and providing them with financial assistance.

Fundraisers, like Taste of Tega Cay, and private donations keep the organization going, Stumpf said. The more funds they raise, the wider the reach the group can have in the community, he added.

Taste of Tega Cay will be held June 18 at the Tega Cay Golf Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food vendors from local restaurants will offer “tastes” of their restaurant’s dishes. For $10, guests receive 10 tastes.

“It’s a great bargain,” Stumpf said. “You try to eat at 10 different restaurants usually and you’ll spend a lot of money.”

Vendors include Tilted Kilt, Village Pizza, Casual Water, Carlos Café and Kickin’ Pig, among others. Tickets will be on sale in advance at Yadkin Bank on Gold Hill Road, Professional Insurance on Gold Hill Road, or at the event. There will also be a DJ and beer and wine vendors.

“It’s a good mixture,” Stumpf said. “We’re really proud that these restaurants will come, bring their food and support a good cause.”

For children, bounce castles will have the drawbridge down.

“It’ll be a fun time for everybody,” Stumpf said.

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