Cape parishes to aid homeless people
with ‘Taste and See Cape Cod’ event


CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. is once again joining mid-Cape Church and civic leaders in assisting Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes’ “Taste and See Cape Cod 2018” event, whose goal is to raise $100,000 to shelter homeless people this coming winter.

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Michael Princi, Esq., is the honoree of the 17th annual event. A noted local lawyer honored last year by Bishop da Cunha at the Red Mass, Attorney Princi was one of the earliest members of the Taste and See Committee, and an advocate for homeless persons. He served for many years on the board of the agency that ran NOAH Shelter before it was taken over by Catholic Social Services. 

“Because winter is such a hard time for the people we help,” said Father John J. Perry, pastor of both parishes, “people living in automobiles, ‘sofa surfing,’ from relative to friend, shelter availability has become an even more valuable commodity. That is why we are redoubling our efforts this year to make sure that everyone who needs a warm, safe place to go this coming winter, will have it.”

Some of the Cape’s finest restaurants and food establishments, such as Alberto’s Ristorante, the Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern, Five Bays Bistro, Soprano’s, Sam Diego’s, Cape Cod Chocolatier, and more, have come forward to help by donating and serving tasting menus at Oyster Harbors Club on Friday, September 21. A raw bar provided by Cape Fish and Lobster, wine tastings from Cape Cod Package Store Fine Wine & Spirits, auctions, and the opportunity to socialize with nearly 300 neighbors and members of the business community complete the celebratory aspect of the evening.

A featured aspect of the event is the “Give a Bed” auction which has raised more than $44,000 in past years, or about 40 percent of the total evening’s gross. Shelter providers have calculated that the cost of a bed for a night, the care and comfort of one person for a one-night stay, is approximately $50. The people in attendance are asked to bid the number of nights they can. Last year this item alone provided funds for nearly 800 bed-nights here on the Cape.

“Perhaps the harshest scandal of our age is that when the stock market goes down 10 percent, it dominates the headlines. But, let a homeless person die in the street, and it goes unnoticed,” said Father Perry. “This is the reality we seek to work against through events like Taste and See.”

For information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact chairperson Kelley J. Spodris at 508-775-5744, ext. 113, kjs@olvparish.org. Or, go to olvparish.org/taste-and-see.

Anchor readers are invited to help by giving the cost of one or more shelter bed-nights by sending their donation of $50 per night to Kelley at the Our Lady of Victory office, 230 South Main Street, Centerville, Mass. 02632.


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