The Walking Gourmet
A nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, New Vista Community hosts festive fundraisers throughout the year. Savvy to the pulse of the community, event organizers throw raucous events, such as wine walks, which regale guests with the foolproof combination of fine-food samples, wine and cocktails, and live music. Guests at the Brew's Best handcrafted beer festival sip free samples of regional brews, and at the lighthearted Adam & Eve's Charity Love Fling, love-happy attendees and confused mannequin collectors bid on bachelors and bachelorettes.
Though many in the community may know New Vista Community primarily for these events, the organization dedicates its best energies to helping those with disabilities. Founded in 1984 by three sets of parents with intellectually challenged kids, the charity provides group homes, assisted living, job training, and field trips to kids and adults.