Annual event raises funds for local charity

By Katie Demeria

The Quota Club’s 14th annual Kitchen Kapers event will allow participants to admire five local homes while giving to a local charity.

A nonprofit known for serving disadvantaged women and children, as well as the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired, the Quota Club began Kitchen Kapers as one of their main avenues for giving back to the community.

It will take place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

This year, proceeds will go toward Specialove, a charity based out of Winchester that serves children suffering from cancer. CEO Dave Smith said the organization, which was founded in 1983, serves around 300 families a year.

According to Smith, Specialove must raise $900,000 a year to support their families and does not receive federal or state funding.

“We’re very excited,” Smith said. “[The Quota Club has] a reputation for putting on a top-notch program, and it doesn’t require any staff time for us to put the logistics together, which is very important because we only have four and a half employees and would not be able to put on events like this.”

Linda Vickers, Quota Club’s vice president, said this year the event has been able to include an apartment at the historic Taylor Hotel in downtown Winchester.

“We wanted people to be able to see the history,” Vickers said.

At each home, participants will not only get the chance to admire each home’s kitchen, or whatever other room the owners open up for the event, but they will also partake in local refreshments.

Five vendors will be set up at each location, according to Vickers. This year they include IJ Canns, eM Restaurant and the Cajun Experience, all in Winchester, as well as The Cookie Guy of Berryville and Valerie Hill Winery of Stephens City.

The event’s intention, according to Vickers, is to allow people to see what others are doing with their homes and consider doing the same.

“It gives people ideas,” she said. “You could walk in and love a certain oven, or how a tile or color is used. We also ask the homeowners to tell us the contractor’s name so we can ask the contractors to be involved and sponsor for us next year.”

In that way, Vickers added, it allows local businesses and contractors to show off what they provide to homeowners and possibly boost business in the area in general.

Each home also provides a door prize for the participants, the number of which ranges from 125 to 175 each year.

Smith said the money going toward Specialove will also be used in a way that connects to the Quota Club.

“They’re particularly invested in women and children, so we talked about using the funds toward our emergency payment program that helps families, and quite often single moms, try to make ends meet,” Smith said. “That way they can focus on fighting their child’s cancer and not necessarily paying the electric bill or getting kicked out of their home.”

Tickets are $20 before the event, and $25 the day of. Go to The Daily Grind on Jubal Early Drive, Simply Charming Boutique or Kimberly’s to purchase them in person, or visit www.quotaofwinchester.org.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

Annual event raises funds for local charity

By Katie Demeria

The Quota Club’s 14th annual Kitchen Kapers event will allow participants to admire five local homes while giving to a local charity.

A nonprofit known for serving disadvantaged women and children, as well as the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired, the Quota Club began Kitchen Kapers as one of their main avenues for giving back to the community.

It will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 21.

This year, proceeds will go toward Specialove, a charity based out of Winchester that serves children suffering from cancer. CEO Dave Smith said the organization, which was founded in 1983, serves around 300 families a year.

According to Smith, Specialove must raise $900,000 a year to support their families and does not receive federal or state funding.

“We’re very excited,” Smith said. “[The Quota Club has] a reputation for putting on a top-notch program, and it doesn’t require any staff time for us to put the logistics together, which is very important because we only have four and a half employees and would not be able to put on events like this.”

Linda Vickers, Quota Club’s vice president, said this year the event has been able to include an apartment at the historic Taylor Hotel in downtown Winchester.

“We wanted people to be able to see the history,” Vickers said.

At each home, participants will not only get the chance to admire each home’s kitchen, or whatever other room the owners open up for the event, but they will also partake in local refreshments.

Five vendors will be set up at each location, according to Vickers. This year they include IJ Canns, eM Restaurant and the Cajun Experience, all in Winchester, as well as The Cookie Guy of Berryville and Valerie Hill Winery of Stephens City.

The event’s intention, according to Vickers, is to allow people to see what others are doing with their homes and consider doing the same.

“It gives people ideas,” she said. “You could walk in and love a certain oven, or how a tile or color is used. We also ask the homeowners to tell us the contractor’s name so we can ask the contractors to be involved and sponsor for us next year.”

In that way, Vickers added, it allows local businesses and contractors to show off what they provide to homeowners and possibly boost business in the area in general.

Each home also provides a door prize for the participants, the number of which ranges from 125 to 175 each year.

Smith said the money going toward Specialove will also be used in a way that connects to the Quota Club.

“They’re particularly invested in women and children, so we talked about using the funds toward our emergency payment program that helps families, and quite often single moms, try to make ends meet,” Smith said. “That way they can focus on fighting their child’s cancer and not necessarily paying the electric bill or getting kicked out of their home.”

Tickets are $20 before the event, and $25 the day of. Go to The Daily Grind on Jubal Early Drive, Simply Charming Boutique or Kimberly’s to purchase them in person, or visit www.quotaofwinchester.org.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com