April 5, 2007

‘Taco Master’ To Make Stop at Care Center on April 11th

The Taco Master is in. Well, he will be on Wednesday, April 11th at the Scotland County Care Center.

The announcement is music to the ears of the hundreds of followers of the special cuisine that comes just once a month to the facility as part of the nursing home’s Relay for Life fundraisers.

Just $4 gets you one of the famous taco salads and for just a little more you can add a drink and your choice of homemade desserts.

“This started four or five years ago,” stated team member Jerry Grosenkemper. “Over the years it has gained in popularity and now we have people asking us when the next taco salad day is because they can’t wait.”

The staff at the nursing home and the adjoining Scotland County Memorial Hospital helped the event take shape as they patronized the early fundraisers to help get the event off and running.

Now the group serves over one hundred customers each month as they help raise money for the annual Scotland County Relay For Life.

“We started it a couple of years after the team was formed,” Grosenkemper said. “It definitely has grown into one of our better moneymakers.”

Last year the taco salad days helped the Scotland County Care Center team exceed $10,000 in donations to become the first team to achieve platinum status on the donor charts for teams of 15 team members or fewer.

The squad has been around all seven years that the relay has been held in Memphis. This year the team will once again circle the square racking up the laps on June 15th and 16th.

Taco salads will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th in the Care Center dining room.

If you miss this one, the group hosts a taco salad luncheon once a month from September through May, excluding the busy month of December. The team takes the summer months of June, July and August off as they gear up for the following year’s relay.

The event’s advertising features “taco master” Dick Bratton decked out in his chef outfit, but it takes the efforts of the entire team to pull off the monthly lunch service.

The group just recently completed the second annual silent auction that Grosenkemper said was a huge success. The team also holds regular bake sales and will put on a garage sale April 28th. They sell memory bracelets and metal memorial ribbons and will also have raffles for a BOSE radio as well as Cardinal tickets later this spring. The group recycles aluminum cans and hosts special “dress down” Fridays where employees pay $1 to be able to wear casual clothes to work that day.



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