2018-09-13 / News

Taco dinner fundraiser to be held by autism support group on Sept. 29 at Legion

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — Never underestimate the power of tacos — that’s the message of Forever Friends Network (FFN) founder and president Regina Starr.

Last year marked the first-ever Taco Dinner Fundraiser for the Lapeerbased family autism support group, and the event proved to be a big hit, raising an amount of money that has gone a long way toward supporting the organization throughout the past year.

On Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Starr and the FFN are ready for round two. Held this year at the American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer on 1701 W. Genesee St., the FFN Taco Dinner Fundraiser will see the public feast on tacos while raising money for a worthwhile cost. Patrons can dine in or carry out, with a variety of menu items to choose from including soft and hard tacos, taco salad, nacho supreme, combo meals and sides of rice, beans and more. Beverages will also be offered.

Last year’s taco dinner was such a success, said Starr, that a change in venue was in order. “Last year we had it at a school and we ran out of room,” she said. “This is the big fundraiser that gets us through the year.”

In addition to the allure of tacos, visitors will also have the opportunity to win prizes and raffles donated by various businesses. “Most of the auction items are local,” said Starr.

Forever Friends Network is a nonprofit organization established in 2016, located at 323 Jefferson St. in Lapeer, and provides 24/7 support for friends and families that have a child or loved one on the autism spectrum.

This month’s taco dinner fundraiser will provide needed funds to allow FFN to continue offering bi-monthly play groups, social groups, community outings and life skill workshops for young people on the autism spectrum.

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