Salt Creek Grille’s 16th Annual Wine & Martini Tasting To Benefit Impact 100 Jersey Coast

Salt Creek Grille’s 16th Annual Wine & Martini Tasting Fundraiser benefitting Impact 100 Jersey Coast will be held Thursday, April 11 from 7-10 p.m.

The event, which is always a sell-out, features heavy-hors d’oeuvres, serving stations and over 100 different wine varietals and several distilled spirits to taste. There is a live auction with popular local radio personality, NJ 101.5’s Big Joe Henry, serving as auctioneer and live music by The Bobby Boyd Trio. 100 percent of the proceeds from the night’s events will go directly to Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

Tickets to the event are $150 per person and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor visit –

Salt Creek Grille’s annual event has raised over a $1 million in total funds for local charities! Once again local businesses are stepping up to help co-owner Steve Bidgood and his staff by donating goods and services including a scrumptious Cheese Table by Sickles Market, decadent Raw Bar by Lusty Lobster, premiere wines and distilled spirits by local distributors, and prime food products from Salt Creek Grille’s local vendors and suppliers.

“We are tremendously grateful to Salt Creek Grille for supporting Impact’s continued growth and for helping us reach new women and nonprofits in every corner of our community,” said Heather Burke, Vice President and Co-founder. “Their support will truly have a ripple effect in our community as we help identify and fund high-impact projects across a range of issue areas.”

Impact 100 Jersey Coast is a collaborative of women of all ages and backgrounds who combine their charitable dollars, experience and energy to raise awareness of our community’s most pressing needs and to fund transformational grants for high-impact projects addressing needs in five areas: Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Health and Wellness. Proceeds from the Salt Creek Grille will be a tremendous help with building organizational capacity to support the group’s explosive growth in the four years since its launch and will enhance its continued community outreach activities . They also hope to use some of the funding for a recently launched scholarship program, where interested women can apply for support with the cost of an Impact membership.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast has awarded $727,000 to local nonprofits in high-impact grants since it began in 2015.

“Sixteen years ago, we created the Salt Creek Grille Annual Wine & Martini Tasting to celebrate our fifth anniversary,” explained Steve Bidgood, co-owner of Salt Creek Grille. “We throw this party for a local charity with no expense to the charity to celebrate and honor the tireless efforts of our community’s volunteers. We are happy to be able to use our expertise as an event venue to help give local charities a leg up. Impact 100 has made an enormous financial impact on our community in just four years. We are honored to have them as our 2019 charity.”

On February 2, Bidgood and his managers presented Impact 100 with a flag bearing their logo that will be raised year round at the landmark restaurant to create further public awareness about the not-for-profit. Executive board members also spoke to the staff at Salt Creek Grille about their mission so that they could field guests’ questions about the flag and the event.

Past charities that benefitted from the event: 2018 Covenant House New Jersey 2017 180 Turning Lives Around; 2016 Michael’s Feat; 2015 Kortney Rose Foundation; 2014 Hope For Children Foundation; 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters; 2012 Count Basie Performing Arts Academy; 2011 Community YMCA; 2010 K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital (Meridian); 2009 Parker Family Health Center; 2008 Kidz Kare (Monmouth Medical Center); 2007 SPUR; 2006 COSAC; 2005 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; 2004 Tuberous Sclerosis.

Cover Photo: From Left to right –Lori Missig, Events Chair, Joe Mays, Salt Creek Grille Bar Manager, Mark Shopene Salt Creek Grille General Manager, Anna Andre, Heather Burke, Co-Founder, Denise Liotta, Casey DeStefano, Mary Riley, Steve Bidgood, Salt Creek Grille Co-owner, Michelle Peoples, Anthony Ixcot, Salt Creek Grille Assistant Manager, Maggie LaRocca, Deidre Spiropoulos, Co-Founder, Rowena Crawford-Phillips, Grants Chair

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