Dining With Denise Neil

A very, very good cause

Next month’s TnT benefit, which will feature a Sunday afternoon wine tasting at Chester’s Chophouse followed by a charity golf tournament the next day, is being put on for a very good cause.

Friends of Jamie and Ashle Stratton, whose 3-year-old son Tripp, was diagnosed this spring with stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, organized the benefit to help the couple pay for trips to New York City, where Tripp is getting treatment from leading Neuroblastoma specialists.

Funds also will help continue therapy for his twin sister, Trinity. The twins were born at 23 weeks and given little chance of survival. Trinity has quadriplegia cerebral palsy and participates in weekly sessions of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and hippotherapy.

Both Ashle and Jamie are fixtures on Wichita’s food scene — he’s Jacob Liquor’s wine director, she does public relations for Cocoa Dolce and has organized past year’s Cuisine for the Cure fundraisers. They also were co-owners of Caffe Posto.

The food portion of the fundraiser is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Chester’s Chophouse and will feature food by chef Bobby Lane, chocolates by Cocoa Dolce, samplings of world class wine and a silent and live auction.

Tickets are $100 a person. For ticket info and for more information on the Oct. 18 golf tournament, visit the fundraiser’s nifty looking web site.

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