Eleanor St. John Sutton and Ryan Conway serve food at last year's Taste of Chestnut Hill. (Photo by Anne Dwyer)

Eleanor St. John Sutton and Ryan Conway serve food at last year’s Taste of Chestnut Hill. (Photo by Anne Dwyer)

by Angela Conway

The local teen community service organization, Teenagers Inc., more commonly known as Teens Inc., will be hosting its annual fund-raising extravaganza, Taste of Chestnut Hill, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.

Teenagers Inc., a community service organization founded in 1996, is based in Chestnut Hill and serves teens in Northwest Philadelphia and contiguous Montgomery County. Under the umbrella of giving back to the community, teens are provided a safe haven where they can mingle with their peers while still providing service to others.

The Teen Center, at 105 Bethlehem Pike, is open to teens and preteens for homework assistance, service projects, hanging out and having fun with their friends. The Teenagers Inc., organization, provides teens the opportunity to develop social, leadership and civic skills in a safe and loving environment.

This year’s theme, “Back to the Future and Beyond,” will be based on coming full circle, as the organization reaches yet another milestone. Its esteemed director, Marianne Dwyer, will be stepping down from her position, passing the torch to newcomer and Teenagers Inc. alumna Arianna Neromiliotis.

The evening is described as a casual event where guests are invited to “come as you are and leave your worries at home” Children of all ages and sizes are welcomed with open arms. Complimentary babysitting to allow parents the opportunity to relax and mingle knowing their children are safe, happy, entertained and well fed, will make for a great “almost date night” for parents with youngsters at home. Teen members of the organization will delight and amaze with their abilities to serve guests, entertain little ones and cleanup afterwards.

Guests can expect a fine fare to suit almost every taste, sampling a menu heavily laden with scrumptiously delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. This year’s food was donated by some of the best local eateries in the city’s greater Northwest region, including: Geechee Girl Cafe, McNally’s, Caspian Grille, and Bredenbecks.

Additionally, guests may try their hand at the silent auction, bidding on the myriad personal or pre-Holiday shopping items available, among them gift baskets filled with delectable treats and top notch goods, gift certificates to the area’s fine establishments and a host of other wonderful treats available to the highest bidders. Items have been donated by Curio, the Windfall Gallery and Water and Rock Studio.

Live music will be provided by Andy Maher and Mickey Leone.

All proceeds of the evening will go towards operational costs and the Teenagers Inc. annual trip to Guatemala, where teens partner with The God’s Child Project, building houses for the poor, working with the sick and shut-in, and otherwise doing good deeds in the community, both near and far.

Funding for the event was provided in part by: Chestnut Hill Dental, Dr. Robin F. Gallagher, Tim Dwyer of Principal Financial Group, Our Mother of Consolation School and Church, Andy Maher, and the Chestnut Hill Music Academy.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, contact Arianna Neromiliotis, 215.260.8013; Deb D’Angelo, 215.836.5855; or Noreen Spota, 215.248.8810, or visit the Teenagers Inc. website: teensincphilly.org/taste-chestnut-hill-0

So come out and support local teens as they move forward into a new era of giving back and spreading love around the world, from here to infinity and beyond.

Angela Conway is the adult board member of Teenager’s Inc.

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