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DECATUR — Decatur Family Refuge will host a fundraiser dinner Thursday, Feb. 21, at its Save the Children Maternity Home, 541 N. Water St.

Alfred de Vera, the shelter's president, said dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., and meals will be made by appointment only. Each meal will cost $30 per person and will be prepared by de Vera, a chef and adjunct culinary arts instructor at Richland Community College.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the shelter, which plans to provide refuge for pregnant women 18 or older. The 10-bed shelter is not yet open, de Vera said, but will be soon. 

"Whatever program (for the shelter) that we can put together as we open, all of the money will be used that way," de Vera said. 

The concept of the fundraiser is based on the idea of "pop-up dinners," de Vera said, which is when a temporary restaurant is operated in a random or unexpected location. 

People who call de Vera to set up an appointment to eat during the event will be asked what protein they would like — such as chicken, beef or pork — and he will create a dining menu for them based on their choices. 

Hors d'oeuvre's and wine will also be provided during the event, de Vera said, and he will cook the food in sight of attendees. The maternity home has a kitchen and a dining area for people to eat their meals, he said. 

To make an appointment for the dinner, de Vera said, contact him at (217) 433-0217. Attendees should enter through the home's north side entrance. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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