SAN ANTONIO – Viva Fiesta! The city’s favorite Fiesta event was packed Wednesday at The Club of Sonterra. WOAI.com voters picked A Taste of the Northside for the second year in a row.
All the money raised at the event helps families who turn to the Brighton Center for assistance.
For Emily Belden, A Taste of the Northside is all about giving back. Her 2-year-old son Walker was born with a brain defect, and the Brighton Center has helped him get stronger.
“He's smiling. He's talking,” explained Belden. “He is a joy -- a bundle of joy!”
The Brighton Center has been serving special needs children in San Antonio since 1969. Each year they help thousands of special needs children right here at home.
A Taste of the Northside started 13 years ago. Its first event raised a little more than $3,000. Today A Taste of the Northside has more than 90 food and drink booths and live music.
Last year the event drew nearly 7,000 people, and even more are expected this year. Last year's success generated more than $425,000.
“The money is so important for services we provide at Brighton Center for children with disabilities. We go into their homes and provide therapies for the kids, so they can grow up and do all the things every other kid does,” explained Brighton Center Executive Director Kim Jefferies.
San Antonio Living host -- and Taste of the Northside “Queen of the Decade” -- Shelly Miles is thrilled about San Antonio's support.
“It's really about the kids, and I thank everybody who voted to make this the best event of fiesta,” screamed Shelly.