The Pinecrest law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro has agreed to be the title sponsor of the ninth annual Taste of Pinecrest.
The free event, organized by the Pinecrest Business Association, takes place on Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens (11000 Red Road). The event features Pinecrest-area restaurants, entertainment for the children, a judged art show, performances by local school groups and a business showcase. All proceeds from the Taste of Pinecrest benefit the five Pinecrest public schools — Pinecrest Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Howard Drive Elementary, Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto Senior High).
This is ninth year that Panter, Panter & Sampedro has been actively involved as a sponsor in the Taste of Pinecrest, including being co-sponsorship of the event in 2010.
“Panter, Panter & Sampedro is pleased and proud to sponsor the Taste of Pinecrest again this year,” said Mitchell Panter, co-founder of Panter, Panter & Sampedro. “We have been actively involved in our community for more than 20 years. The Taste of Pinecrest is a great opportunity for the businesses in and around Pinecrest to get together with the community and restaurants for a fun day of good food, enjoyment and family entertainment which benefits the schools in our neighborhood.”
Additional sponsors include Jackson Health System, Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Shutts and Bowen, Baptist Health System, CitiBank, Costco, Gulliver Schools, Community Newspapers, Bill Ussery Motor Companies and Intellaclaim Public Adjusters.
Participating restaurants this year include The Butcher Shop, Cold Stone Creamery, Sir Pizza, EVOS, Sergio’s, Mr. Smooth & The Wrap Guy, Clarabelle’s Cupcakes, Crepe Maker, and Smoke & Spice Catering.
“I’m so excited that Panter, Panter & Sampedro is the title sponsor for the 2011 Taste of Pinecrest,” said Yolma Casanova, chairperson for the 2011 Taste of Pinecrest. “Their contribution to the Taste of Pinecrest is of great support to the public schools in our area, helping forge a better future for the youth of our community.”
The Pinecrest Business Association was founded in 2000 and is a volunteer organization. The membership consists of more than 150 businesses within and around the Pinecrest. The Association has raised more than $225,000 for local schools through the Taste of Pinecrest. The PBA also provides an annual college scholarship award to a local student and members volunteer for Career Day at area schools, sponsor charitable events and participate in community events to better the community.