The Tomball Business and Professional Women (TB&PW) will be hosting their annual Fall Food Festival at Tomball United Methodist Church, 1603 Baker Dr., Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The event will include food from local vendors, a raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds from the festival will go directly to TB&PW's scholarship fund for college-bound young women.
This year's vendors represent a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from the traditional American dishes of Frey's Backyard Cafe to Dawna Dyson's offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Amanda White, owner of the local Ron's Hamburgers and Chili, is enthusiastic about her business's participation in the festival.
"There was a really good turnout last year," she said. "It's a really good event."
TB&PW officials said that they are particularly excited about the opportunities this event offers to young women.
"The true beneficiaries of the Food Fest, besides the participants, are those who will receive scholarships from the proceeds … (t)his is really a win-win for all," a statement on their website mentioned.
TB&PW offers several $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates every year. It awarded 13 scholarships to young women at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and spokespersons from the organization say they look forward to expanding "the organization's great work for Scholarships for Women in the Tomball area" as much as possible.
Gail Randolph, the current president, says that the club relies heavily on festivals like this one to raise funds for the scholarship program.
"Help support the local girls in the community," she encourages. "The fall festival and our spring fashion show are the only fundraising events we have each year."
Tickets for the Fall Food Festival may be purchased online at tpbw.net/tickets for $8 a piece, with a $3 discount for seniors and children under the age of 10.