Taste of the South celebrated 35 years with A Salute to the Stars and Stripes Gala on Saturday, April 1, 2017. This very special event supported military and veterans based charities and was sponsored by GPHA, the Coca-Cola Company, Southern Company, Volkswagen Group of America and many other dedicated contributors. COL Reginald Neal attended the Gala as the Foundation’s representative.
This year’s featured charity was the Patriot Foundation, located in Pinehurst, NC. Established in 2003, the Patriot Foundation is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit committed to providing college scholarships to children of servicemen and women who have been killed, wounded, or injured since 9/11.
TOTS also supported a DC based charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., which is committed to improving the quality of life of our nation’s heroes by raising, training and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge, with lifetime support of the partnerships.
A portion of the proceeds raised at this awesome event was donated to 12 additional charities across the South and included the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, Inc. The Foundation was honored to be selected by the 2017 State Committee as the designated charity partner in Georgia and we greatly appreciate the opportunity and support provided by the organizers, sponsors and participants with the Taste of the South! Thank you for your support!