By RACHAEL LONG / Photos courtesy of Anna Hill and Pork Belly Farmhouse
Pork Belly Farmhouse was full of generous diners Monday night, as Round Up for Nolensville’s Art From the Heart group hosted its fundraiser, Irish Whiskey Charity Dinner.
Organizer and Round Up for Nolensville Treasurer Anna Hill said 29 people bought tickets at $200 each to enjoy the six-course meal.
The meal included shrimp and lemon dill crostinis, Irish cheddar macaroni and cheese, grilled marinated skirt steak, several Irish-themed cocktails and more.
Whiskey for the cocktails was provided by Nashville-based distributors, Lipman Brothers.
“The food was amazing,” Hill said. “I just can’t say enough how wonderful Pork Belly [was] to work with … it was a five-star meal.”
Pork Belly owners Kristian Morgan and Chris Chwirut donated the sales of half of each ticket back to Art From the Heart, an initiative set forth by the 501(c)(3), Round Up for Nolensville.
Hill said they would be receiving a donation check of $2,900. Some donated more at the event, bringing the fundraiser total to $3,300.
On display at the event were some of the artwork Round Up for Nolensville will have for its Art From the Heart silent auction in April. Hill said auction items come from artists across Middle Tennessee donate their photographs or artwork, including various mediums like watercolors, acrylics and more.
There’s no cost to attend the event, but Hill says she hopes people will come with the intention to bid on items or give donations.
“All the donors that give us a donation of their painting and photography all have been touched in some way, with knowing someone that has cancer,” Hill said. “And a lot of them also have had cancer themselves.”
When you’re given a life-threatening diagnosis like cancer, everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning can seem overwhelming. That’s why Art From the Heart began, as a way to help lift some of those burdens for cancer patients in the community. Money raised at events like the Irish Whiskey Charity Dinner and the silent auction allow that assistance.
“[The money goes to help with] anything that they might need to help them through their struggle of going through cancer treatments,” Hill said.
The Art From the Heart Silent Auction will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 27 and will be held at Mill Creek Brewing Company.