A taste for ending violence in Lake County
From Steph Coffey, North Shore Horizons
For the second year in a row, over 170 supporters braved freezing rain and snow for North Shore Horizons 12th Annual Taste of the North at Superior Shores Resort on Thursday, April 24th.
Twelve area restaurants provided delicacies such as savory waffles, spring rolls, smoked salmon macaroons, maple meringues, pies and much more.
“I felt the restaurants went above and beyond! The food variety was wonderful and the music was great,” said Gail Trygstad, North Shore Horizons board member.
Local musician Hannah Rey performed as people dined and bid on silent auction items.
Thanks to generous donations from area restaurants, artists and businesses, Superior Shores Resort, Northlands NewsCenter, and Kool101.7, the event raised over $8,000 to support over 300 survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families with critically needed 24 hour crisis intervention services, support groups, legal advocacy, supportive housing. In addition, funds raised will help to provide violence prevention education programs to over 1,000 students and adults each year in Lake County.
This year’s “Community Impact Award” was presented to Al Peterson, owner of Two Harbors Auto Value, for outstanding work in helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Lake County.
“Al has been and continues to be an amazing supporter and ally of North Shore Horizons,” said Alex Radzak, housing coordinator of North Shore Horizons. “He goes above and beyond helping in many ways. For more than a decade Al and his mother have rallied together to not only buy items themselves, but to involve and inspire other community members in donating gifts for victims and their families for holidays. When we post needed items, Al has come in and given items, such as a computer for a victim who was starting college, and hygiene products needed for many clients. Al has helped move furniture, and is always willing to lend a helping hand.”