FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Comradery, combined with the delightful aromas of local catered dishes, filled the Gold room at the Westmark Hotel Thursday evening. The Fairbanks Community Jazz Band serenaded patrons as they sipped wine, tasted savory dishes and sampled sweet desserts, all provided by local businesses to raise money for the Fairbanks Resource Agency.
Emily Ennis the Executive Director for FRA spoke about the event.
"We are enjoying our 14th annual city sampler. It's a taste of Fairbanks, but it's also an opportunity for our restaurants in town to showcase new menu items or some of their specialties for the benefit of FRA," she said.
The Fairbanks Resource Agency is in its 51st year and is one of the oldest non-profit agencies in the state. The funds from the evening's event is specifically going toward FRA Senior Services.
"Alaska and Fairbanks in particular has a senior population growing four times the rest of the country, and we love our elders, so tonight's event will support our senior programs, to help people stay at home and stay in our community as they age," Ennis said.
Other than the senior community, Wendy Cloyd the Assistant director of community development told us how FRA benefits a wide range of residents.
"Fairbanks Resource agency serves individuals with developmental disabilities, and what that encompasses is an age range from anywhere from two-years-old to our senior who might be experiencing Alzheimer's and dementia. So the range of services is broad, and what are services do is provide full support for full lives in our community," she said.
Cloyd says it was a great feeling to have the support of Fairbanks come out to the event. She hopes next year brings more local catering businesses to share their best dishes.
More information about the Fairbanks Resource Agency can be found at www.fra-alaska.org.