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Mediterranean fare and hot auction items heat up Chatham Together fundraiser

By Patricia Wall Poe
Posted Monday, January 18, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Shake off the winter doldrums and head for the Mediterranean at Chatham County Together's winter celebration, which this year has something for everyone. Set for January 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Briar Chapel Club House off U.S. 15-501 in north Chatham, "Tapas of the Mediterranean" offers an evening of small plates prepared with fresh, locally produced food donated by volunteers and local eateries including Angelina's Kitchen in Pittsboro, and Crook's Corner, Mediterranean Deli and Mariakakis Fine Food and Wines in Chapel Hill.

In addition to a silent auction of many arts and crafts items and other goodies, the evening culminates in live bidding for several premier donations, including coveted basketball tickets (UNC vs. Florida State), sports memorabilia (a basketball autographed by the Heels and Coach Roy), and, for the younger set, an autographed photo of Miley Cyrus (who rose to mega stardom as Hannah Montana).

Chatham Together volunteer Cheryl Gallan asked her Wilmington friend Jackie Burch, a casting director for Cyrus' upcoming movie ,"The Last Song," to secure a signed photo of the teen singer, songwriter, actress and heart-throb. The highest bidder can make some lucky youngster very happy.

All proceeds will benefit Chatham County Together. After 20 years of serving the county's neediest youth and families through mentoring, tutoring and other services, Chatham County Together is facing its worst budget crisis ever, thanks to the economic downtown and shrinking federal, state and foundation budgets. They need your help more than ever.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at or by contacting Chatham Together at 542-5155 or

Please reserve your tickets early.

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