A Taste of the Farm to benefit Rest Stop Ministries

Jake Old • Updated Sep 9, 2016 at 3:30 PM

A Taste of the Farm, the annual gala fundraising event for local nonprofit organization Rest Stop Ministries, is set for Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Mill at Lebanon.

Rest Stop Ministries provides support to victims of human trafficking, and the annual gala is the organization’s biggest fundraiser.

The evening will include food tasting, live music from members of the Nashville Pops orchestra, shopping and a program presented by End Slavery TN Director of Survivor Services Sheila Simpkins McClain. McClain will share her experiences with human trafficking.

Tasting, music and shopping will take place from 6-7 p.m., and the program will be 7-8 p.m.  Shopping will include food items, re-purposed goods and furniture.

Several different tasting stations will be set up with a variety of food options.

“We do a culinary program here, and we have caterers and chefs who work with us, teaching cooking and catering, and they do a phenomenal job,” Rest Stop Ministries Executive Director Rondy Smith said.

“It’s like heavy hors d’oeuvres, so you can make a dinner meal by going to all the dinner stations, and if you want to replicate it at home, you can purchase different sauces we use and that sort of thing.”

Tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit Rest Stop Ministries. The organization is completely funded by donations, according to Smith.

“It’s important for the community to come together and support our survivors; there are more survivors out there than there are beds,” Smith said.

“This gala is a great way for people to get to know us and what we are doing.”

For more information about the event and Rest Stop Ministries, or to purchase tickets, visit reststopministries.org.

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