Beast Feast is Dec. 13

Jim and James Held in the vineyard. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Sharpen the knives and the appetites for one of the most talked about benefits of the year—The Beast Feast. This culinary event will be held in the Stone Hill Winery Sherry House on Dec. 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

The Beast Feast began as a tribute to James Richard Held, son to Stone Hill Winery owner Jon Held. In 1988, at the age of five, James passed away after a battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). At the time when James was diagnosed, the five-year survival rate was only 25 percent, so the Held family became committed to helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) find a cure. Four years ago, when Jim Held was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML), a rare, chronic leukemia that strikes older adults, that commitment only deepened.

The first Beast Feast was in 1989 and was a small gathering of the Held family and friends, each providing a dish (a potluck) and raising money for LLS. Each year, the event has grown, as it has affected lives throughout the community.

The Beast Feast consists of a wild game dinner, live & silent auctions and raffles. The dinner, known for wild game entrees, included bison, elk, wild hog, pheasant and venison. One-hundred percent of the money raised is donated directly to the LLS, Gateway Chapter.

With Jim L. Held’s passing on Nov. 8, 2019, the 2019 Beast Feast has gained an urgent significance. It is the hope of Stone Hill Winery to raise $50,000 for LLS to honor Jim and his years of contribution to the organization.

For more information on attending the event or to find out more about LLS, contact Brittany Eyestone at 573-486-2221.

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