BREWER, Maine — A fundraiser to support financial literacy classes in local schools delivered by area business and professional volunteers will feature Clyde Folsom, a humorist and storyteller.

Folsom will be the honorary master of ceremonies and auctioneer at the Bangor Region Junior Achievement’s third annual Benefit Tasting and Auction on Wednesday, April 29, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The public is invited.

The fundraiser kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a tasting event featuring signature dishes of more than 20 area restaurants. Silent and live auctions follow.

Junior Achievement is the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit economic education organization in the world. With 120 classes offered by request of teachers in the Bangor region, JA’s purpose is to educate and inspire students to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. The interactive curriculum helps students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become more effective consumers, citizens and workers.

Participating schools in Bangor, Brewer, Carmel, Corinth, Dixmont, Hampden, Hermon, Holden, Levant, Orono, Old Town, Pittsfield, Sullivan and Veazie benefit at no cost with age-appropriate classes that stress the relevance of education to the workplace and help prepare students for lifelong learning.

Jamie St. Clair, KeyBank’s area retail leader and JA’s Taste of Spring event chair, said guests for the evening will be the JA business and professional volunteers who conduct JA courses in the classroom, representatives of the businesses, service clubs, foundations and individuals who contribute financial resources to JA, and the schoolteachers who request and then hold the JA class presentations.

Clyde Folsom, who was born and raised in Millinocket, has entertained audiences throughout Maine and New England. He says he started telling stories in third grade when he found it necessary to explain to his teachers why his homework was never done. Telling stories came easy for him then, and he has been perfecting the art ever since.

Participating in the tasting event are: Jeff’s Catering, Muddy Rudder, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, UNO’s, Anne Marie’s Kitchen, Ground Round, Dinner Store, Chili’s, Sea Dog, Eagles Nest, Chopstix, Taste of India, Bangor Sam’s Club, Bagel Central, Montes Catering, Weathervane, Leadbetters, Thai Siam, Barnaby’s and Hollywood Slots.

According to St. Clair, there are more than 70 live and silent auction items including: an Old Town kayak, $500 in fencing from Katahdin Fence Co., and a Global Positioning System from KeyBank.

Tickets are $10 per person or $70 for a table of eight, and are available at KeyBanks in Bangor and the Brewer branch, or by calling Heather Clifford at 945-0601. All proceeds benefit Bangor Region Junior Achievement classes.