Valentine Benefit dinner will benefit Stevens Center

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The Stevens Center’s 12th annual prime Valentine Benefit will feature a full course prime rib dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by entertainment by the Temple Teens and a live auction called by Jerry Harris Auctions. The event will be at the Stevens Center’s facility, located at 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford.

Tickets are $25. $200 table sponsors receive six tickets and are making an additional tax deductable donation to the Stevens Center.

“For a lot of the people, this has become an annual evening out,” says Kay Chavis, who is event co-chair with Carolyn Jernigan Murchison. “They know on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day they will feast on delicious prime rib with all the fixin’s, plus have homemade dessert to top it off. Some choose to bring a bottle of wine with them, with glasses available at the Stevens Center.”

“The event keeps getting better and better,” says Murchison, “because of the volunteer support we receive. It would be almost impossible to do without people like Jane Owens, who owns Rufus Restaurant in downtown Goldston. She brings her whole crew, plus some, to serve food, wait on tables and keep things organized.”

The event requires about 40 volunteers. Key volunteers include Rudy Holland and Arnold Womble from Grace Chapel Church, who prepare the prime rib; Karen Huey and other musicians, who provide dinner music; the Temple Teens, who provide a Broadway-style musical revue; and Jerry Harris Auctions.

For the second year in a row, Lee County High School instructor Sandra Duty has her culinary arts class involved in preparing the salad bar items, and then manning work stations on the evening of the event.

“This provides a perfect opportunity to support a very important cause,” says Duty, “and for high school students to get a ‘real world’ feel for what catering is all about.”

Proceeds from this event are used by the Stevens Center to provide personalized support for individual with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives in a welcoming community. Most activities at the Stevens Center are open to the entire community, not just those with a disability.

For more information or tickets, call (919) 776-4048, visit or go to