Horseriding therapy programs for kids with special needs. Money and recognition for outstanding students and their schools. A youth summit. Kids activities throughout the Merrimack Valley.
These are some of the programs for kids paid for with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence. The organization, which meets in Andover each Thursday, pumps more than $30,000 a year into kids' charities in Andover and neighboring communities.
Residents have a chance next week to help Kiwanis with its efforts while sampling great food from around the Merrimack Valley.
Chefs from 20 restaurants are expected to offer samples of their food in one Andover location, for $25, at the Fabulous Feast on March 21. The money raised during the night of good eating and entertainment will benefit a variety of local children's charities.
This will be the 14th annual Feast hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence. This year, it will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road in Andover. For years, the affair has been known as "February Feast," but with it being held in March this year, the club has changed the name slightly.
Food isn't the only draw. Lawrence's Elizabeth Ruiz, who became a fan favorite on NBC's reality-TV show The Biggest Loser, will return as a special guest. Miss New Hampshire Teen USA Marisa DeLuca, the niece and grand niece of Kiwanis members Mike and Al DeLuca, will serve as hostess. The master of ceremonies will be Eagle Tribune Executive Sports Editor Bill Burt.
A variety of items will be up for bid. For the sports fan, a framed, iconic photo of an airborne Bobby Orr winning the 1970 Stanley Cup against the St. Louis Blues, autographed by the Hall of Famer, is one of more than 120 items available as part of silent and live auctions.
Tickets to the event are $25, with tables of 10 available for $250. The tickets can be purchased online at lawrencekiwanisclub.com, or at Shawsheen Village Liquors, 4 Poor St., Andover. People can also call 978-475-3636.
Money raised at the event benefits local youth programs supported by the local Kiwanis Club. Among the current initiatives are $10,000 a year for Ironstone Farm in Andover and a new commitment of $5,000 per year to the Pediatric Center at Lawrence General Hospital.
On the menu
So far, the following establishments are expected to part of the Fabulous Feast, which raises money for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence's youth charities.
DiSH, 22 Andover St.
I Dream of Jeannie Cakes
Andover Inn-Samuels, 4 Chapel Ave.
Palmers Restaurant & Tavern, 18 Elm St.
Dylan's Bar & Grill, 22 Park St.
Wyndham-Andover, 123 Old River Road
Lanam Club, 260 North Main St.
Casa Blanca Mexican, 10 Main St.
A Haute Dish Catering
Cakes By Design
Brown & Budnick Meats
The Party Connection
Cedar's Mediterranean Foods
The Irish Cottage
Chefs of the Old World
Not Your Average Joe's
Three Dogz Diner