Patsy Carson’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Monroe

Charitable donations can take many forms, from money to time spent helping those in need. For several years now, Patsy Carson has chosen to donate both her time and resources to provide a delightful Valentine’s Dinner to a lucky group of auction winners.

It all begins at the annual Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area Gala, where invitations to the dinner are auctioned off, usually to a group of around eight or so people. Proceeds for the auction benefit this very worthy organization, which provides a safe and supportive environment for the children and youth of the Monroe County area.

The winners of the auction are in for a treat thanks to Patsy’s graciousness and skill as both host and cook. She decorates for the occasion, offering up an elegantly-appointed table with festively pink and red flowers and traditional table settings. Candles adorn the table, setting the mood for a romantic evening and delectable meal shared with loved ones and friends.

Though typically held on Valentine’s Day, the dates can be flexible, as can the meal served. The feast usually includes medallions of pork or beef, a vegetable, sometimes a sorbet between the salad and main course and the dessert. However, due to dietary restrictions of a couple in the last group of winners, Patsy also served a succulent salmon. Dr. Jim Dash, Treasurer of the local Boys & Girls Club, has been on the “insider end” of this event for the past three or four years, and he says he’s never been disappointed. According to Dr. Dash, “Patsy’s a marvelous cook, and her presentation’s just simply wonderful.”

Patsy’s dedication to providing a lovely environment for her guests is unmistakable, yet she remains humble about her contributions. The true spirit of the event lies in the charity it benefits – the Boys & Girls Club. Keep an eye out for dates for the 2015 Gala; perhaps you could be the next lucky winner of this Valentine’s Day feast! 

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