ESC to host wine dinner to celebrate supportive community, donors

EDWARDSBURG — Cheers to spring and baseball.

That’s the theme for an upcoming wine pairing dinner where the community is invited to attend the event wearing the colors of their favorite baseball team.

The event is hosted by the Edwardsburg Sports Complex at Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 16. There will be four courses served at the event, each paired with a bottle of wine. Tickets are $100 per person and are already on sale. Seating is limited to 100 people.

“We had a wine pairing dinner that we did at Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake in 2016,” said Jennifer Mackling, the executive director at ESC. “That is a pretty similar format to what we’re going to be doing this time. People just had a super nice time. We probably had 60 people at that event.”

All proceeds made from the event will go to ESC’s new baseball and softball fields. However, Mackling does not see the event as much of a fundraiser. It’s more of an opportunity to bring their supporters together and have a good time.

“Everyone just had a really nice time [at the last one] and the food was incredible,” Mackling said. “Pretty much since then, we’ve been asked about it whenever we see different donors or supporter and we’ve been asked to put it on again. It’s really just back by popular demand.”

ESC’s current initiative is to build a new baseball and softball fields to add to their complex, which is located at 27566 US-12. Each field will have a grass outfield and dirt infield, convertible bases and mounds, and portable fences so that each can be converted to suit all different ages, as well as both baseball and softball.

A total of four fields are going to be built. Construction will begin for the first two this spring or early summer, and they will be completed by the fall. ESC is committed to having all four fields completed by the following fall.

“All four of the fields we promised will be done in the fall of 2019,” Mackling said. “These will be used by the local travel organization the Indiana Landsharks. It will be their home practice and game field, then we will also have the opportunity to run adult recreational leagues on them and larger scale baseball and softball events.”

The Indiana Landsharks have more than 20 youth softball and baseball teams combined. The hope is that the travel organization will bring in new economic opportunities for the area, as the majority of its members will be commuting to Edwardsburg from Indiana on a frequent basis during the summer.

The menu for the event has yet to be determined. Even though the event will be hosted and catered by Fat Cam’s, attendees might be served options that are not traditionally on the menu, as all dishes will be prepared to accompany a particular bottle of wine.

Typically Fat Cam’s is closed on Monday, but Mackling says that the restaurant agreed to be open exclusively for the event. All attendees must be 21 years of age and older.

“Come enjoy the food and the sense of community,” she said. “The support for the complex has been such a big community effort and I feel like at our last event that energy was really in the room and the food was just delicious. It was a nice time to get together… celebrating the community that’s putting in so much effort.”

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