PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 22, 2012

Taste of the Nation Announces Sponsorship Chair

Event Brings Together Top Food & Drink Purveyors to End Childhood Hunger in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, part of the national organization Share Our Strength is pleased to announce Lucia Rushton as the Sponsorship Chair for the 2012 event to be held on May 20th at the Montecito Country Club.

Rushton is a dedicated professional, community volunteer and active mother and wife. She works as an Employment Specialist with the nonprofit organization, PathPoint, volunteers with Partners in Education and serves as an Ambassador for the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. Rushton also served on the steering committee of Taste of the Nation in 1995-96 prior to her move to England. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lucia at or for more information visit

We’re so fortunate to have Lucia as part of our team,” said Jessica Knight, Event Chairperson. “Not only does she bring vast nonprofit development expertise to this year’s event, she also provides such dedication and enthusiasm, and has already signed some top sponsors who are generously supporting our efforts.”

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 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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