A Taste Sensation Event

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors, attendees, volunteers, pre-event supporters on, and staff for making the third annual Taste Sensation event a tremendous success.

More than 250 guests enjoyed food and beverages, an exciting selection of live auction items, and a live cooking competition by teams of local celebrity and VIP chefs. This year’s teams included; Team 1- Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, Professional Hearing Services and Chef Cheyenne Galbraith, Bistro on the Boulevard; Team 2-Tom Starks, Starks Family Funeral Home and Abel Martinez, The Mason Jar Cafe and Team 3- Dan and Michael McCrery, Tosi’s Restaurant. The event’s net donations soared to $151,459, which will support 601 days of benevolent hospice care at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center.

Best VIP Chef was awarded to Gyl Kasewurm, AuD, and Chef Cheyenne Galbriath for their duck schnitzel entrée. Dan McCrery and Chef Michael McCrery received the Best Culinary Team award for top overall team scores and most donations raised.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center to provide exceptional loving care for children and adults nearing the end of life, and support for their families.

Mark your calendars for next year's event Friday, October 5, 2018!



Bistro on the Boulevard 

Hanson Family Foundation


Glenn & Rachel Arent
Steve & Hilda Banyon
Chemical Bank
Dr. Kasewurm's Professional Hearing Services
Eagle Technologies Group
Fairmount Santrol

Hanson Logistics
Hanson Mold
Don, Judi Bleich & Amy Heugel
LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar
Starks Family Funeral Homes
Woodland Terrace


JC & Nancy Anderson
Cheyenne Galbraith, Bistro on the Boulevard
Drier's Meat Market
Patricia Forbes
Julie Wuerfel, Mosquito Squad SW MI

Taylor Rental of SW MI
Abel Martinez and Jayme Cousins, The Mason Jar Cafe & Sweet Bar
Dan & Michael McCrery, Tosi's Resturant


Ann Dahmer & Kevin Geiser
InTouch Pharmaceuticals 

Kylee Peters


Dennis & Kath Descenzo
DPM Events
Susan Mason, Friends by Design
Barbara Harte 

Mark & Leslie Miller
RW LaPine
Randy Bettich, Stifel Financial


Brian Maynard, Charley Racine, Chef JP & staff at LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar, Grand Mere Inn, Zick's Specialty Meats, Bud Distrusting, Inc., Fruitful Vine Tours, The Buck, Michiana Magazine, Photographers Ray Damaske and Rob Regovich, Caring Circle Staff & Volunteers and those who supported our pre-event campaign on or donated directly to the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center. 
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