Food and wine event to support new program designed to aid thousands

An evening of food, wine and art will support a newly-expanded Baltimore program that has served thousands of people with limited incomes.

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries will hold its “Palate and Perception” event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Wine Market on East Fort Avenue. The event will feature a tasting of Spanish wines and an art show featuring the works of three local artists.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Diakon Kathryn’s Kloset, based at 1101 Desoto Road, which coordinates the distribution of product donations from corporations to nonprofit organizations that serve people in need. Diakon Kathryn’s Kloset gathers, stores and distributes unused and overstock products to thousands of people in need in Baltimore and surrounding areas. In its previous configuration as a part-time program, the service is estimated to have served hundreds of thousands of persons.

Also supporting Diakon KidzStuff Child Care, located at Diakon Place, North Broadway and East North Avenue, the “Palate and Perception” event will feature the works of three area artists: Joyce Lister, Yoshitaka Fujii and Earl Ridgell.

Lister’s pastel landscape, portrait and still-life paintings reflect her travels and her interest in nature and people. Her paintings appear realistic but, on close inspection, reveal an impressionistic quality. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried shows, where they have won a number of awards, and have been widely exhibited throughout the eastern states.

Design meets function in the work of Yoshitaka Fujii, influenced by his Japanese heritage. A resident artist at the Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland, he shows his work in local, regional, national and international exhibitions and competitions, and has won several awards. Ridgell focuses on performance art.

Admission to the event is $100 per person. For more information or to make reservations, people may call Wenona Hill at (410) 554-9065.

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries or its predecessor organizations have served Baltimore and vicinity since 1916. Recently, its efforts have included the multi-million dollar renovation of an empty building into Diakon Place, which includes the Diakon KidzStuff child care center.

Providing senior living accommodations, health care and a range of family and children’s programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, Diakon serves people without regard to religious affiliation. Dating to 1868, the nonprofit organization each day touches the lives of thousands of persons through programs ranging from adoption and foster care and services for at-risk youths to family counseling and continuum-of-care senior living communities.