Wine & Swine Pig Roast will benefit the Peace House
One of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s missions is to be a benefit the Peace House, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to sheltering victims of domestic violence and supporting programs to put an end to the problem.
In 2008, one of the parish’s members, Paul Van Der Bosch, decided to host a barbecue dinner and asked those who attended to bring a donation for the Peace House.
"I wanted to do a needs drive for them, but also make it fun for me," Van Der Bosch said during an interview with The Park Record. "I like to barbecue, so I began thinking about doing a pig roast."
During the brainstorm, Van Der Bosch found that wine goes well with the roast, so he named it Wine & Swine.
The event debuted in 2008 and attracted nearly 100 people, so Van Der Bosch decided to do it annually.
The fifth Wine & Swine Pig Roast will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., on Saturday, May 11. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the evening will feature an array of activities.
Admission is a suggested donation for Peace House, Van Der Bosch said.
"Those donations can be monetary or they can be actual items," he explained. "The Peace House publishes a needs list on its website http://www.peacehouse.org ."
When Van Der Bosch looks at that list, he is struck with emotion because of the things the Peace House needs and uses on the daily basis.
"They ask for things like toothpaste and diapers and cold medicine," he said. "If you look ask yourself why they need these types of essentials, and really think about it, the people who are living at Peace House are usually women, many who are young mothers that show up with absolutely nothing.
"When they leave their situations, they just can’t go to the store and buy diapers or cold and cough medicine like you and I can," Van Der Bosch said. "So, again, when I look at the needs list, I understand there is a heavy concept behind it. So, when I present the annual Wine & Swine event, I feel we are filling those basic needs that are easy for you and I take for granted."
That is the reward for Van Der Bosch.
"I like seeing how we can fulfill those critical needs and provide a meaningful contribution in a small way to Peace House by throwing a party," he said. "This is one are in where we work to help our Park City neighbors and the community we live in."
The event is also a way for his church to practice intentional hospitality.
"We ask our friends and neighbors to break bread with us and have fun," he said.
Also, Van Der Bosch doesn’t ask anyone to pay for the dinner, because it is prepared by "a small army" of volunteers who donate the food.
"My wife and I are in charge of the pig, and we get other people to donate the side dishes and so on," he said. "We come up with a traditional barbecue dinner with beans, slaw, salads and corn breads and so on."
In addition to the wine, the dinner will offer non-alcoholic beverages for children and those who don’t drink.
"We will also be making ice cream sundaes for dessert," Van Der Bosch said.
Volunteers are also recruited to keep the children occupied while the grown ups visit.
"This year’s activities will include games and an arts-and-crafts project that will have the kids make Mother’s Day items for their moms," Van Der Bosch said.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., will host a wine and swine pig roast benefit for Peace House on Saturday, May 11, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The free event will feature food, drinks and activities. Admission is free, but voluntary donation will be accepted at the door. Visit http://www.peacehouse.org for a list of needed items.
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