Conscious party: Sweethearts Supper, Songs and Silent Auction

SCULPTING THE FUTURE: Amari Owens, left, and Keyasia Morgan, right, visited Clay Works during a trip organized by Youth Transformed for Life. They got a hands-on lesson on using pottery as an artistic medium before crafting original sculpted representations of how they see themselves in animal form. Photo courtesy of Youth Transformed for Life

WHAT: A dinner to benefit Youth Transformed for Life

WHERE: Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 33 Livingston St.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m.

WHY: Four chefs are joining forces to create a romantic five-course meal in support of local teens. “The food will be plated with Valentine’s Day-specific colors, and the tables will have Valentine’s-inspired decor,” says Libby Kyles, director of the host nonprofit Youth Transformed for Life.

Chefs Liam Rowland of GO Kitchen Ready, Gene Ettison of J. Lee Catering & Wine Co., Sherri Davis of SD’s Home Cooking & Catering Services, and Clarence Robinson of Cooking with Comedy will prepare the night’s fare. After eating hors d’oeuvres, guests can enjoy a spring mix salad; tomato bleu cheese bisque in a basil bread bowl; blackened chicken breast with Brussels sprouts and yellow rice; and to finish, buttermilk cheesecake.

Musical performers Santos GlocalSoul and Kat Williams will keep affection in mind while planning their setlists, according to Kyles. For further entertainment, her team has secured raffle and silent auction prizes like designer bags from Michael Kors and Coach, a men’s watch and cologne, tickets to the Biltmore House, a home decor package with an African bitak, restaurant gift certificates and more.

According to its Facebook page, YTL “seeks to assist disadvantage teenagers, homeless teenagers and young adult offenders re-entering the workforce.” Proceeds from this event will support the organization’s GRACE for Teens summer program, which promotes multifaceted self-improvement through equestrian activities, arts classes (pottery, music, writing, etc.), community service and more. Plus, “participants are afforded the opportunity to partake in the regular antics of summer like swimming twice a week, bowling and skating,” Kyles says.

Email or visit for more information on the Sweethearts Supper or to purchase tickets ($36 individual/$66.50 couple in advance or $45 individual/$75 couple at the door). Raffle tickets can be added for $5.25 per raffle ticket. 




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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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