For the second year in a row, the Al Pollard Memorial Foundation is throwing a huge party to raise money for their scholarship, which allows a number of students to go to culinary school every year.
This year’s bash is taking place this Friday night at the Roanoke Country Club, so it’s not too late to buy a ticket and head out for a dazzling good time!
Al Pollard has been credited with helping to revitalize downtown Roanoke night life with his restaurant and club, Corned Beef & Co. He was also a partner in Frankie Rowland’s steakhouse and 419 West. Al died in 2006, but his friends and colleagues are keeping his memory alive with the memorial foundation. Since its creation, the foundation has become the largest scholarship donor in the history of Virginia Western.
Al’s Clubhouse Bash & Chef Showdown on Friday night costs $50 per person and includes an ample amount of heavy hors d’oevres, two cocktails and live music. Local chefs will prepare their signature dishes, and guests will get a chance to taste them and vote for their favorite. A silent auction includes such items as a personal meal prepared in your home by a trained chef.
And according to foundation member River Bonhotel, little surprises like an appearance by Bernice the giant python will spice up the night. “I refer to it as a carnival for adults in a very elegant atmosphere,” Bonhotel said.
Tickets are available by phoning Cole and King Accounting Firm at (540) 776-0771. Ask for Stephanie Dixon. They will also be sold at the door. The party starts at 6 p.m. and doesn’t wind down until 11. So grab a babysitter and head on out!