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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, April 2, 2012

Taste of the Nation Announces New Restaurant Chair

Mark Sherman Joins Taste of the Nation Team

Taste of the Nation Santa Barbara, part of the national organization Share Our Strength, is pleased to announce Mark Sherman has joined the steering committee as Restaurant Relations Chair.


In his role with group, Mr. Sherman will help recruit restaurants to participate in the May 20th event at the Montecito Country Club to end childhood hunger in Santa Barbara County. In his role he will build partnerships within the community; coordinate the “Shout Out” video series; and educate the general public about the mission of this valuable organization. Mr. Sherman is a recovering restaurant owner with extensive local ties. He has participated in many nonprofit fundraisers and serves as Treasurer for the Summer Solstice Celebration. Mark coordinates a healthy cooking program at La Cumbre Junior High and hopes to tie the fight against hunger with the need for better nutrition. He looks forward to working with the generous and able restaurant community to present a top-flight food and wine event for the worthiest of causes. For tickets or information please visit www.strength.org/santabarbara.

“Mark is a wonderful addition to this year’s committee,” said Jessica Knight, Event Chairperson. “He brings a great deal of hands-on restaurant experience along with a solid knowledge of children’s nutritional needs that uniquely qualifies him for this position on our team. We’re looking forward to having many new restaurants participating in this year’s event thanks to Mark’s connections in the industry.”

About the Taste of the Nation

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign™, —a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. This year’s sole beneficiary is Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. One hundred percent of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

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