Taste of Huntsville Charities

We are incredibly happy to partner with the following charities for this year's Taste of Huntsville Event! We hope you come out and support these very worthy charities! Purchase your tickets online or at the VBC Box Office or at the Huntsville Visitor's Center. Be sure to bring your checkbook, because our charities have done a phenomenal job of putting together an amazing Silent Auction for you!

Merrimack Hall's Mission

Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide visual and performing arts education, and cultural activities, to children and adults with special needs and to provide quality professional entertainment to the community. 

Our Happy HeARTs Arts Program serves more than 500 children, teens and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities each year through a variety of weekly classes and special programs.  In addition to Happy HeARTs, Merrimack Hall also gives back to the community by providing facility use to other nonprofit organizations, and reduced or free tickets to the underserved.

Since opening our doors in 2007, Merrimack Hall has given back more than $1.5 million to the community.  Each time you purchase a ticket, you are helping to fund our outreach programs, and we thank you for your patronage!


“Serving Hope by teaching food service work and life skills through Christ’s love” 

Our mission succinctly sums up our desires for Serving Hope, Inc. At Serving Hope we seek to teach the underserved communities of Huntsville and greater Madison County life skills and job skills through hands on training, and help them to achieve their ServSafe certification upon completion of this program. The work students put in during their time with Serving Hope is to encourage them to invest in themselves. The skills and certification obtained from our program will aid our graduates in finding gainful employment and build character. Our ultimate goal is to be an institution that helps build family prosperity and in turn community development through the hope and love of Jesus Christ. We wish to be a ‘Hand Up’ not a ‘Hand Out’ to those who need it most.

Serving Hope Motto:

“… Love thy neighbor as thyself ”
– Mark 12:31


Serving Hope, Inc. curriculum includes ‘hands-on’ experience while working in a functioning café, Cyn Shea’s Café (a division of Serving Hope, Inc.). All staff members of the café are teachers of Serving Hope, Inc. under the direction of Cynthia Shea Hart.

Serving Hope Students are equipped with:

  • ServSafe Certification
  • Culinary Skills
  • Workplace Etiquette
  • Farm-to-table Experience
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Grooming
  • Interview/Resume Preparedness
  • Volunteering



All students are issued a stipend for work performed during ‘hands-on’ instruction in the café. Upon completion of the Serving Hope program we work with our students and local businesses within the hospitality industry for job placement.


Love is the single most important part of the Serving Hope experience. At Serving Hope we spread love, inspire self-confidence, and bolster self-worth through the grace and redeeming love of Jesus Christ. Our curriculum is designed to empower and enrich our students with the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market.

Serving Hope enrolls community members over the age 18 which include: Veterans; drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation program graduates; low-income individuals, victims of domestic abuse; and individuals with disabilities, as defined under Federal law. Through love, Serving Hope students are provided with access to counseling services and corporate chaplaincy for emotional and spiritual healing while receiving their education.



Help Us spread the word by encouraging all of your contacts to Purchase a Ticket to join us for the 42nd Annual Taste of Huntsville! Come join our Tailgate Party!