Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Benefits of a Benefit

Morton’s Steakhouse and The Center for Families and Children pair up for their Living Legends fundraiser September 15th . The two have been partnering on this event ever since the upscale national chain, which has gone to great lengths to be part of the Cleveland community, opened its doors here 21 years ago, raising awareness and millions of dollars. The money couldn’t go a more worthy organization.
CFC focuses on early learning, youth development and behavioral health programs. When I asked them to send me information about what the organization does, the list of those they work with and services they provide was staggering. Pre-schoolers, teens, parents, the impoverished, and people struggling with mental illness are all beneficiaries of programs aimed at nurturing families, improving quality of life, building community based support systems and providing individuals with the help they need to survive and succeed. This group has a huge impact that resonates throughout greater Cleveland.

Besides the opportunity to feel good about doing good, attendees get a memorable Morton's style meal. No rubber chicken at this benefit, nor the need to spend your evening trapped at a table with seatmates you don’t know or don’t like. Guests wander from room to room at the restaurant’s Tower City location, grazing on a phenomenal spread of signature dishes. The menu includes oysters on the half shell, poached salmon, Caesar salad, crab cakes, shrimp Alexander, mini sliced tender sandwiches, and Chilean sea bass. There's even going to be a cocktail created specifically for the occaision.

There’s a 20 foot dessert buffet featuring sweets like double chocolate mousse, cheesecake, fresh berries with sabayon and whipped cream, and key lime tarts. According to a rumor passed on to me by a very reliable source, some head straight for this spread and never make it to the carving station.

Feasting starts at 5PM. Click here for event details and tickets.

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