About the Taste! Central Florida Committee

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Taste! Central Florida is made possible by the generous in-kind support of  Orlando World Center Marriott .

Taste! Central Florida is made possible by the generous in-kind support of Orlando World Center Marriott.

An all-volunteer steering committee, more than 300 day-of event volunteers, tremendous in-kind support from a variety of local business partners, and the generous backing of Orlando World Center Marriott who donates the event space each year allows us to direct every dollar raised to our beneficiaries while generating profound awareness and relief for the children of Central Florida who face hunger on a daily basis.

Committee Contacts

Michele Byington, Co-Chair
Bill Sullivan, Co-Chair

Andrea Patenaude, Ticket Chair
Mimi Goss, Media Chair


Planning Committee

Andrea Patenaude, Thirty-One Gifts

Angel Tagudin, Tagudin Consulting

Betsy Dye, Second Harvest Food Bank

Brie Rios, Second Harvest Food Bank

Christina Nguyen, Vidi Global

Colleen Herrick, Career Choice

Dan Robertson, Entercom Radio

Dee Dee King, Regions Bank

Ed Nasser, BB&T

Erika Spence, Second Harvest Food Bank

Gary Appelsies, Mpact Orlando

Jen Vargas, Central Florida Top 5

Jenna Dunne, Cuba Libre Restaurant

Jennifer Landress, Second Harvest Food Bank

Jennifer Pence, Community Advocate

Julie Poluski, ABB Inc.

Katie Moore, Coalition for the Homeless

Kelly Hinkle, Coalition for the Homeless

Krista Logue, Hilton Grand Vacations

Maria Shanley, Second Harvest Food Bank

Mark Charlton, Charlton Investments

Mark Zickefoose, AT&T

Mary Deatrick, Deatrick PR

Maureen Mikel, Second Harvest Food Bank

Meredith Bekemeyer, Coalition for the Homeless

Michael Kennedy, Heart of Florida United Way

Mimi Goss, Disney Cruise Line

Monique Leroy, USF Credit Union (retired)

Morgan Donovan, Embrace Families

Nicole Spooner, Mpact Orlando Marketing

Paul Bodoia, Curtis 1000

Rebecca Leininger, Embrace Families

Ricky Ly, Jacobs Engineering

Shane Smith, LMG

Sherri Avara, Wyndham Vacation Ownership