Taste of Gainesville, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is proud to announce its seventh annual fundraising event on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The Taste of Gainesville team is excited for this year’s turnout and are counting down the days until the event of the Summer. Taste of Gainesville will feature signature dishes from North Central Florida’s best restaurants, while giving back to four Gainesville children's charities: Child Advocacy Center, PACE Center for Girls Alachua, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida and Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure. Over the first six years, we have been able to donate over $250,000 to local charities.
Meet the Charities
Child Advocacy Center
"A comprehensive, child-friendly facility where professionals from law enforcement, medical, child protection and therapeutic services effectively collaborate to meet the individual needs of child victims and break the cycle of abuse." The Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville provides a child friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. The Center is a place where professionals – social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, state attorneys, victim advocates, medical professionals and others – work as a team to coordinate investigations and interventions for each child abuse case. This collaboration expedites each child's time in the legal system and ensures that children are not re-victimized by the system and that they and their families are provided the support and services needed.
Watch the following videos to learn more about the center: What If I Told You? and The Child Advocacy Center: A Chance for a Brighter Tomorrow
PACE Center for Girls Alachua
PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace. PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Watch a video provided by the center to learn more of how the center is helping the community: PACE Center for Girls Alachua
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida
Childhood illness is an immensely difficult and stressful time for a family. The ability for families to stay together and be near their sick children can mean the world during this stressful time.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida provides this opportunity to thousands of families who travel to Gainesville, Florida each year to take advantage of the medical expertise at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida assists families with seriously ill children being treated at area medical facilities through our two programs, the Ronald McDonald House located in Gainesville, Florida and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure
Tyler's Hope is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to funding neurology research to prevent and cure DYT1 Dystonia; while creating awareness of this disorder. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or postures. Dystonia an affect any part of the body including the arms and legs, trunk, neck, eyelids, face, or vocal cords.
More video provided by Tyler's Hope to learn about the organization and dystonia: Tyler's Hope CNN News Report