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Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education Brings Back Taste of Temecula Valley to Raise Money for TVUSD Students

Courtesy, Taste of Temecula Valley

TEMECULA, CA – The Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE), in partnership with the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD), the City of Temecula, and Riverside County, will sponsor a Taste of Temecula Valley (TOTV) April 17-18. Proceeds will benefit the more than 29,000 students in grades K-12 in TVUSD schools by providing additional funding for arts, sciences, and technology. The event will be held in Old Town Temecula, at the new Town Square Plaza, in front of the soon-to-be-completed civic center. It is scheduled from 10 AM – 10 PM on Saturday, and from 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday.

The foundation is looking for corporate sponsors and is asking area restaurants and wineries to buy booth space for tastings. Patrons will enjoy wine and food purchases and live music and entertainment by local students and professional performers.

“We’ve traveled to similar food and beverage celebrations in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Newport, and Napa, and we believe we have the ideal community and venue to make Taste of Temecula Valley an annual event,” said Mark Katan, event chair. “It will provide a unique opportunity to sample menu items and wines from the local area all in one location. Eventually, we see Taste of Temecula Valley drawing visitors from across the state and nation to Old Town. It will be a showcase for Temecula and area businesses and, like the Balloon and Wine Festival, will be an event visitors will want to attend every year. Best of all, it benefits kids – what could be better?”

The Taste of Temecula Valley will be the TVFEE’s inaugural fundraiser. While new to many, the event actually has a history dating back more than 20 years. In the late 1980s, it was championed by the Community Recreation Center Building Foundation. That organization brought wineries and local restaurants together to raise money for a recreation center “for the kids.” More than $500,000 was collected and, in 1992, construction began on the Community Recreation Center (CRC), now part of the 128-acre Ronald Reagan Sports Park. The CRC Building Foundation disbanded in January 1998. The TVFEE hopes to follow in its footsteps, this time with a goal of funding art, science, and technology enhancements in all TVUSD schools.

“Then, as now, we’re holding the Taste of Temecula Valley for the kids,” said Katan. “This event will be good for our local economy, and it benefits students in our district. With budget cuts and federal and state funding shortfalls, our schools need community support now more than ever,” he added. “The foundation’s goal is to alleviate the fundraising burden from parents and administrators by planning events that benefit all schools in the Temecula district. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and monies raised will support education in the arts, sciences, and technology – areas that otherwise will suffer further decline,” Katan said.

Taste of the Valley sponsorships and vendor booths are availablet. For more information and details on the day, contact Katan at (951) 283-5305.

For more information:

Barb Burkett, Publicity, Taste of Temecula Valley barbaraburkett@verizon.net 506-3484

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