Annual Wine & Swine still benefits Peace House
Park City resident Paul Van der Bosch loves to cook and throw parties.
Six years ago, he decided to put those two loves together for a bigger purpose: the first Wine & Swine pig roast dinner party.
All proceeds and donations benefited Peace House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wiping out domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties.
The tradition continues at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m.
Dedicated tables for up to eight people can also be reserved for a $50 donation to Peace House. Reservations for tables are due by April 23.
RSVPs aren’t necessary, but helpful for the headcount. To RSVP, call 801-597-8560 or 219-393-4119.
The public is invited to donate money or goods to Peace House and enjoy a home-cooked pork barbecue dinner that will include barbecue beans, salad, coleslaw, desserts and drinks for children and adults, Van der Bosch told The Park Record.
Donations will be collected at the gate.
"Each event has been a clear success in collection of goods that the Peace House needs," Van der Bosch explained. "They have a wish list that is on their website (http://www.peacehouse.org )."
Those items include, but are not limited to:
Cash is also welcome, Van der Bosch said.
"When we do receive cash donations, all of the cash goes directly to Peace House," he said. "Because the cost of the pig roast is entirely supported by St. Luke’s and its parishioners, 100 percent of the money will be donated to Peace House."
The event will also feature live music by April Suuze.
"The event has grown in scope in that we have a live music component, which adds to the quality of entertainment and experience for the guests," Van der Bosch said. "The live music is volunteered by local musicians."
Speaking of volunteers, Van der Bosch said the event would not be possible without help.
"Many hands help make this a success," he said. "We have probably between 20 to 25 volunteers who help with the setup and take down and we have volunteers for the side dishes and drinks."
Van der Bosch is also thankful for the support of Deer Valley Resort and its pastry chef Bobbye Sandman.
"As with last year, they are supporting this year’s event, and we are grateful for their contribution," Van der Bosch said. "In the past when I cooked the pig on church grounds, we would get there at 5 o’clock in the morning and be there all day, but now we are able to use the smokers at Deer Valley’s kitchen to cook the pig.
"Their staff gets the pork on the smoker the day before the dinner for me so I can show up in the afternoon and take care of the final prep before we take the main course over to the church," he said. "We generally cook a 60- to 75-pound dressed pig."
Van der Bosch is also honored he can continue to help Peace House.
"This is an organization that does some important work in our community, but due to the nature of its work, it is easy for the organization to go unnoticed, because they try to be discreet in their efforts," Van der Bosch said. "For that reason, it’s important for us to support their efforts in means of tangible donations and tangible support to their program. In addition, we need to support them in terms of community awareness and education in the topic of domestic violence. I think we can’t champion them enough.
"I love to cook and it’s a hobby of mine, and I also love to entertain," he said. "It’s very satisfying to use those things to benefit a well-deserved organization such as Peace House. There isn’t a downside to throw a party and benefit a great organization in our community.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., will host the sixth annual pig roast dinner party benefit for Peace House on Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. To RSVP, call 801-597-8560 or 219-393-4119.
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