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    For those of you in Jacksonville, Florida, tomorrow is a good day! March 5, 2009, Thursday, is the day of the 23rd Annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting Luncheon And Silent Auction. This charity event will be held from 11 in the morning till 1 in the afternoon at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

    I got wind of this event from the blog Florida Foodies – lots of stuff to be found here, by the way! – and after reading about the luncheon, I couldn’t help but wish that I were nearer to Florida! More than the actual foodie experience itself, you can get the satisfaction of knowing that your money is going to a good cause. The luncheon is actually the annual fundraiser of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and a large percentage of the earnings from the event will go to worthy causes such as scholarships, homework assistance, and the Child Development Center and Towers Memorial Center. Another beneficiary of this event is the Senior Center and the Adult Rehabilitation Center.

    Locals will be delighted to know that the celebrities on the guest roll are as follows:

    • Daryl Smith, linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars.
    • Mike Schneider, Owner, Loop Restaurants and Bistro Aix
    • Chef Jessica Bright, Chef, TV/Radio Personality & Florida Foodies Contributor
    • Jennifer Bauer; reporter for Channel 4
    • Victor Blackwell and Jeannie Blaylock, anchors for Channels 12 and 25
    • Mark Spain and Dawn Lopez, anchors for Channel 47
    • Angela Corey, State Attorney, Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit
    • Bill Hughes, General Manager – TPC Sawgrass
    • Randy Goodwin , President/CEO PRI Productions
    • Sally Evans, Rita Joost and Darleen Unger, Women’s Auxiliary members
    • Karen Wolfson, Director, Wolfson Children’s Hospital
    • Linda Sherrer, President/CEO Prudential Network Realty

    For tickets and inquiries, call 904-301-4841. Tickets only cost $25!

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