Durham chefs give back with The Forest at Duke
It was a full house at the BBQ & Friends: A Foodie Fundraiser event, as Durham’s top chefs came together to give of their time and talents. Their services benefited TROSA, a program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals. Notably, the program provides comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care.
A longtime supporter of TROSA, The Forest at Duke was so excited to be a sponsor of this delicious fundraiser. After all, it’s not often that an opportunity to give back includes a delicious meal, complete with dessert!
Event guests could sample delicious offerings from a number of local Durham restaurants. Participating establishments included Nana’s Restaurant, NanaTaco, Foster’s Market Durham, J. Betskis, The Lakewood, Mateo, Rise Durham, Rue Cler, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Sage & Swift Gourmet Catering, Watts Grocery, and The Original Q-Shack.
While helping TROSA move closer to its fundraising goal,, attendees also enjoyed the festive atmosphere decorated by Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
Success by the numbers
It costs about $75 to provide a full day of services to TROSA residents. The program serves more than 500 residents each day, so the cost per day is in the tens of thousands.
Fundraisers like BBQ & Friends ensure that the quality and care TROSA provides remain free to all. This is especially important, as cost is often a hurdle that many people cannot overcome on their own.
In the last year, TROSA made big waves in Durham:
- 9,554 medical appointments arranged
- 3,983 counseling and psychiatric appointments provided
- 518,793 meals cooked and served
- 2,981 hours volunteered in the community by TROSA residents
- 105 men and women prepared for their GED
- 196 people obtained their driver’s license
These numbers are just one small part of the life-changing work TROSA does in the Durham area.
Learn more about this important organization and discover ways that you can support their work by visiting their website.