MONROEVILLE, Alabama · July 13, 2023 – The third annual Farm to Table Dinner, hosted by Monroeville Main Street (MMS) on June 20, 2023, garnered over $10,000 for Monroeville Main Street projects, announced MMS President Debbi Jinright. The success of the fundraiser dinner was attributed, by Jinright, to the Monroeville community members who obtained over 170 event tickets and to the support of Title Sponsor Harrigan Lumber Company; and major sponsors United Bank, Martin Realty, and Hammer, Inc./South Alabama Kubota.
The MMS president explained that the dinner, catered by Mrs. Teresa's Homemade Treats of Monroeville, spotlighted area agriculture with foods locally sourced from the Farm of Clifford and Teresa Bullard in Monroe County; Deep South Farms in Frisco City, Alabama; Auttossee Plantation in Rock Springs, Alabama; and Penton Farms in Verbena, Alabama.
Jinright described an evening of live musical entertainment performed by local musician James Cook and giveaways to dinner guests. The event also featured the annual Live Art Auction of work contributed by area Painters Joann Brandt, Becky Brooks, David Jones, Sherri Scott, Angie Snyder, and Tim Vaught; Photographer Steve Ramos: and Potter Sam Williams. The live auction raised $650.00 to benefit Monroe Council for the Arts.
The occasion also served as the platform for Monroeville Main Street Executive Director Anne Marie Bryan to present the second annual MMS #ThumbsUpWithSam Community Service Award to Lisa Collison of Monroeville, Alabama. Jinright described the award as acknowledging the formal and informal volunteer support by Collison to Monroeville organizations and communities while honoring the memory of long-time Monroeville Main Street Board of Directors Member Sam Schjott.
The MMS president stated that in addition to the meal, guests partook of Alabama-grown or produced appetizers that are obtainable at on-the-square shops, such as GoKrackers, available at Emmett's House in Monroeville; Mule Mix, available at Cobbwebbs in Monroeville; Roasted Pecans, available at the Monroe County Museum of Monroeville; and Sassy Pineapple Jam and Hot Buttered Pecan Pepper Jelly, available at Cobbwebs.
Jinright expressed her thanks to all of the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who supported the 2023 Farm to Table Dinner, allowing Monroeville Main Street to reach its goal for the fundraiser