Cape Cod ‘Taste and See’ benefit
for poor set for October 4

CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Often regarded as the most popular saint in Christian history, St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps best known for his deeds of charity, including emptying his father’s cloth warehouse to help his beloved poor. 

That is why it is such a happy coincidence that this year’s “Taste and See” fund-raiser to provide shelter and sustenance to Cape Cod’s aging homeless population will be held on his feast day — Friday, October 4.

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 as they seek to raise $100,000 for this year’s challenge.

“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, or ‘sofa surfing’ from relative to friend, shelter availability has become an even more valuable commodity. Our goal this year is 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 have come forward to help by donating and serving tasting menus at Oyster Harbors Club on Friday, October 4. 

A raw bar, wine tastings, auctions, live music and the opportunity to socialize with 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 whatever number of nights they can. Last year this item alone provided funds for nearly 800 bed-nights on Cape Cod.

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

For information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelley at 508-775-5744, ext. 113, or visit

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: Our Lady of Victory Parish, 230 South Main Street, Centerville, Mass. 02632.

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