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ALTON — Alton Square Mall and Macy’s have partnered with local restaurants to offer the Taste of Alton from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the lower level of Macy’s.
“We wanted to do a community service project this summer and we decided on the Taste of Alton,” Macy’s store manager Brad Weiskoff said. “We partnered with locally owned restaurants, no large chains, to raise funds for the Alton police and fire departments and Riverbend Head Start.”
For a $5 donation, guests will receive a ticket or bracelet to participate in taste-testing the best flavors offered by local restaurants. Participants include Castelli’s Moonlight Restaurant, 4204 Main Street Brewery, Old Bakery Brewery, Princivalli’s Cafe, S & S Sandwich and Spectator’s Bar & Grill. The restaurants will showcase specialties, appetizers and desserts.
“Alton is a wonderful community and we truly appreciate the support given by Macy’s to the Alton Police Department,” Alton Police Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons said. “The money that comes to the police department from Macy’s Taste of Alton will directly impact the community. We will use it to continue or enhance community programs such as Coffee With a Cop, National Night Out, bike patrol, youth outreach and the Citizens’ Police Academy.”
Riverbend Head Start and Family Services Public Relations Director Kristen Gosling said they’re excited about the opportunity to work with local partners.
“When we receive donations from the public through events like this, we prepare for our future,” Gosling said. “With the changes in federal funding, we need to prepare. We will try to put any monetary donations into a reserve. We’ve been on the receiving end of budget cuts, and we do our best to be prepared in the event that happens.
“We’ve been excited about this event,” Gosling said. “I know one area that funds like this always come in handy is our Coats for Kids campaign. Last year we had 945 kids and 50 percent of them did not have a suitable winter coat. It’s fundraisers like this and partnerships like Macy’s has with our community that allow us to make sure the kids have that coat when the weather turns cold.”
Tickets or wristbands can be purchased in advance from police officers, firefighters, the counters at Macy’s or the Alton Square customer service area.