Taste of O’Fallon to raise funds to help families affected by mental illness

O’FALLON – Karla Smith Behavioral Health (KSBH) will host the First Annual Taste of O’Fallon on Friday, May 10 at Gateway Classic Cars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to raise funds to help families affected by mental illness.

“We are so excited to bring this one-of-a-kind fundraising party to O’Fallon,” said Mike Clark, KSBH Board Member and presenting sponsor Visionary Wealth Advisors. “Over 40 restaurants and businesses have already signed on to participate in the event to give back to our community.”

The Taste of O’Fallon will feature O’Fallon’s favorite restaurants, diners, pizzerias and bakeries who are preparing classic local dishes, specialty cuisines and inspired chef creations for party go-ers to taste throughout the four hour event.

“Whether it’s your friend, a family member, your neighbor or a customer, we all have a relationship with somebody that is struggling with mental health issues,” said Megan Pashea, owner of 1818 Chophouse. “It’s important for all of us to be aware and be able to help those around us.”

Restaurants are donating all of their food and services so that all proceeds from the evening go directly to help Karla Smith Behavioral Health provide mental health services to families experiencing depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

“Over 85 percent of our clients receive financial aid to pay for professional mental health services at KSBH,” said Emily Smith, KSBH Executive Director. “Mental health is a community issue that requires all of us to join together to help lift each other up. We are so grateful to the businesses and individuals who are organizing this event which will help change lives and celebrate the best our city has to offer.”

Local band S.O.S. will be performing live throughout the evening all your favorite hits from Fleetwood Mac to modern day rock.  For more information about Taste of O’Fallon visit karlasmithbehavioralhealth.org.

Tickets may be purchased online at karlasmithbehavioralhealth.org for unlimited food tastings and beverages.  There are two levels of tickets: $50 for General Admission and $75 VIP Pass.

Sponsors of Taste of O’Fallon include presenting sponsor Visionary Wealth Advisors, Peel Brewing Company, The FOURCE Group, Pure 111 Medical Aesthetics, Victory Men’s Health, Delmar Mortgage, Professional Therapy Services, Inc., Ironhorse Resources, Jenie’s Hair Loft, CR Holland Real Estate, Foley Dental Group, Federico Family of Dealerships, Mike’s Automotive, O’Fallon Electric, Veterans United Home Loans, 1818 Chophouse, Bella Milano, Gia’s Pizza, Soooo Yummy TC’s Treats, Syberg’s, Sweet Katie Bee’s Sustainable Café, Sugarfire Smoke House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Hemingway’s Zen Garden Bistro and Pub, Fezziwig’s Tea & Gourmet, Southern Hop House and Peonies and Milk.