St. Luke’s Wine and Swine will benefit Peace House
Ryan Summerlin April 25, 2014
For the past five years, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has hosted the Wine and Swine barbecue benefit for Peace House.
This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, May 3, at the church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., beginning at 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and RSVPs are appreciated, but not mandatory.
RSVPs can be made by calling Shannon at 801-597-8560.
The benefit is a casual dinner party and pig roast for anyone who wants to attend, said Paul Van Der Bosch of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
"It will be a basic barbecue menu," Van Der Bosch told The Park Record. "I will roast a small pig, and there will be buns to make sandwiches and all the sides — coleslaw, beans, cornbread and salads — that you would expect at a barbecue."
There will also be an assortment of wine and nonalcoholic beverages available for the kids and anyone who doesn’t drink.
"It’s not every day I get to entertain and cook a whole hog," he said. "This is a great excuse for me to do it once a year."
Van Der Bosh said the barbecue wouldn’t have been possible without the help of other volunteers.
"This Wine and Swine Party is only possible because of the efforts, time and talents of a lot of people," he said. "The entire parish supports it financially and in addition there are probably 20 volunteers who will make the side dishes, set up the tables and chairs and do the clean-up until 1 a.m. There are a lot of giving and generous people involved."
While there is no cost to attend, the parish is asking people who do attend to consider making a donation to Peace House, Van Der Bosch said.
"They can do that with either a monetary donation, which I’m sure will be appreciated, or they can donate items needed by Peace House," he explained. "Peace House does post a needs list on its website. Some of those needs include soaps, diapers and gift and phone cards. That way people can purchase and donate items that Peace House will use."
To view the list of needed items, visit www.peacehouse.org and click on the "support us" icon.
The annual barbecue has always been a benefit for Peace House, although St. Luke’s does support other local charities and nonprofits.
"It’s been a mission of St. Luke’s parish to do that, and Peace House has always been on the list," Van Der Bosch said. "We’ve been working a little different the past five years and want to make charity work enjoyable for our parishioners and guests. So it’s not just another fundraiser."
Van Der Bosch said Peace House is a vital organization that serves Summit and Wasatch Counties.
"They do very important work and, quite frankly, this barbecue is an easy and fun way to make a meaningful contribution to them," he said.
In addition to the food, there will be children’s activities at the barbecue.
"We’ve asked our nursery helper to come in that night and organize games, arts and crafts for kids who come with their parents," Van Der Bosch said.
The night will be highlighted by live music performed by locally based singer and songwriter Jennie Gautney.
"Generally in years past, the party will break up around 10 p.m., but it’s flexible," Van Der Bosch said. "We just hope people come and enjoy some good food for a good cause."
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host its fifth annual Wine and Swine benefit for Peace House on Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. RSVPs are not mandatory but will be appreciated. They can be made by calling Shannon at 801-597-8560.