Delicious Deals Benefit Local Economy & Nonprofits
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2021 is officially a wrap. Sponsored by The City of Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, KESQ News Channel 3, and SoCalGas Co.,this tasty annual event helped the community in so many ways. People got out to support their local restaurants, found deals that were easy on the wallet, and ultimately assisted 21 nonprofits; it was win-win-win!
The power of a wristband
Approximately 2,000 wristbands were sold during this year’s Taste of Summer. Participants were able to take advantage of a month’s worth of great dining, drink, and dessert deals.
“What we loved most about this year’s event was how the community showed up to support local businesses,” said Katie Stice, IOM, President/CEO Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, “But it didn’t end there,” she added, “[patrons] were also kind and they tipped well knowing how our restaurants were short staffed.”
Approximately $15,000 raised by local nonprofits. Thank you to the following charities for their participation and support they offer to our community:
Animal Samaritans: The no-kill shelter is a refuge for at-risk, adoptable dogs and cats. They offer financial aid for qualifying low-income pet owners, and state-accredited, grade-appropriate humane education to all Desert schools at no cost to students or schools. Additionally, the Animal Companion Therapy program utilizes the healing power of animal-human connection and provides free animal visits to residents of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities, special needs facilities, and area hospitals.
Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City: It serves the needs of the community by providing safe places, support from caring mentors, and access to fun and educational programs. Funds go toward the Virtual Back to School Club as well as other vital services.
Braille Institute: Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss. It serves more than 37,000 people through a variety of free programs, classes, and services.
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission: It provides emergency shelter for more than 300 men, women and children a day as well as counseling and safety services for struggling women with children. Additionally, more than 30,000 meals are served each month (2 meals for the public and 3 meals for residents every day).
Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine: With the belief that everyone has the right to healthcare, the organization provides services that include primary medical and dental at no cost to uninsured or under-insured adults in the Coachella Valley.
Coral Mountain Foundation: Their vision is to ensure financially struggling individuals find the necessary support to achieve all they can strive to be, through education or other means of support. During the pandemic, they have refocused their efforts to support families and individuals in need by preparing food for those without kitchens or cooking facilities.
CREATE Center for the Arts: Understanding the importance of art and creativity in educating, connecting and enriching the community, this organization is a collaborative, supportive home for creatives to thrive. It provides access to tools, equipment and an engaged community.
Desert 4 Baggers: This Cornhole league located in the Coachella Valley focuses on fun with a way to meet new people and raise money for local charities.
Desert Futbol Club: This 501(c)3 organization raises money for disadvantaged youth who typically can’t afford to pay the high cost of competitive girls’ soccer. It also has a Pro-Development team that plays in the largest Pro-Development League in the country.
Discovery Shop Rancho Mirage: It helps support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. It features items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items.
Elder Love USA, Inc: Elder Love USA aims to provide in-home care at a reduced rate thanks to a combination of client support, volunteers, fundraisers, individual donations, sponsorships and grants. Older adults and their families get assistance with day-to-day activities such as housekeeping, cooking, medication management, transportation, personal care, pet care, and more.
Friends of the Desert Mountains: The organization is dedicated to building a community of support to help preserve the unique wildlife and scenic beauty of the Coachella Valley and our Desert Mountains. They acquire and preserve wildlands, promote stewardship of trails, conduct educational programs, and support ecological research.
JPL Bible Church: Led by Pastor Steve Sorensen, he says, “The Lord led us to start JPL in 2002. JPL stands for joy, peace and love.” Sunday services are at 10 a.m. in person or LIVE online at 10:30 a.m.
LifeStream Blood Bank: LifeStream has served the Inland Empire and surrounding areas since 1951 providing lifesaving blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals and medical facilities.
Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory: The Library is known for its diverse offering of programs, events, and exhibits. They take pride in their dedicated approach to exemplary customer service, making this library one of the top-rated libraries in California.
Riverside County Sheriffs Association: The job of protecting and helping all the residents, tourists, and visitors to Riverside County falls principally upon the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association is the Exclusive Employee Organization representing bargaining units and is an active force in the political arena as well, endorsing candidates for local, state, and federal offices.
Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage: The local chapter of this service club brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace in the local community and communities around the world.
United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire: UCPIE’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Services provided are for individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual delay, and other disabilities.
Variety – The Children’s Charity: With a vision that all children, regardless of ability or income, are able to actively participate in their communities and experience all the joys that come with being a kid, the organization promotes the health, mobility, independence and social inclusion of special needs and disadvantaged children throughout the Coachella Valley.
This event couldn’t have been possible without the willingness of our local restaurants to participate by offering dining deals. Thanks goes out to: Acqua California Bistro, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Ben & Jerry’s, Brandini Toffee, Burgers and Beer, Dringk Eatery & Bar, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Grazing Palm Springs, Haus of Poke, Krispy Kreme, Las Casuelas Nuevas, Maracas, Norma’s Italian Kitchen of Rancho Mirage, Pangaea Cuisine, Pastry Swan, Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Shabu Shabu Zen, Shame on the Moon, Si Bon, and The Slice.
More to come
The Taste of Summer event has become a fun tradition for Rancho Mirage. Stice notes, “It is also a strong economic driver that helps our local businesses during slower months. We sincerely thank everyone who participated. This community keeps showing up to help one another and it is treasured!”
Organizers hope to bring the event back to full speed in the summer of 2022. Bookmark this page for information on where to get wristbands for food and drink deals during the next Taste of Summer: tasteofsummerranchomirage.com