SpringTINI is the signature fundraiser for Heartland CARES, Inc., a non-profit organization providing comprehensive, client-centered, quality health care, support services, and HIV testing. This year’s event will take place on May 3, from 5:30 - 8:30pm. It includes a sample of signature martini’s and specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of Paducah’s best restaurants.
Participating this year are Mellow Mushroom, Shandies, Sushi on Broadway, JP's, Tribeca, Doe's Eat Place, Max's Brick Oven, Cynthia's, Fresh Foodies Gourmet Catering and Paducah Beer Werks. Each of these will be set up outside, on the Broadway side of Market House Square.
This fun event always draws a crowd. Tickets to the event are just $50 per person and are tax deductible. Guests will be able to sample one martini from each of the nine participating restaurants and nibble on delicious appetizers galore! Not a drinker – no problem as there will also be flavored teas. Judges will give awards for Best Martini, Favorite Tea, Best Appetizers, People’s Choice Best Theme (which will be voted on by participants) and People's Choice Best Bartender.
Great Silent Auction
Participants will also have the opportunity to bid on over 70 silent auction items while listening to music provided by local artist Donovan Woods. Some notable items are resort vacations, gift baskets, golf packages, and Coach purses.
Heartland CARES Inc.
Heartland CARES, Inc. (HCI) is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive, client-centered, quality health care, support services, and HIV testing. Primary care is provided to persons living with HIV/AIDS, support services are provided to clients and their families, and prevention education and testing are provided to clients, their families, and the community at large. Within the community, they strive to prevent new infections and reduce the stigma associated with this disease by promoting awareness, acceptance, and equality.
This event is HCI’s annual fundraising event. The majority of funds go toward enhancing patient/client services and providing community outreach about the services offered at HCI. This year, HCI is also celebrating their successes as well. They have reached an amazing goal of an 93% success rate in viral load suppression - well under the national average of 72%. Since 2017, at least four babies negative to HIV per year have been born to HIV positive mothers.