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Local Businesses Help set a Fundraising Record at Interfaith’s Gala

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December 30, 2016
On Friday December 9, 2016 Interfaith Social Services’ hosted their 19th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala at Granite Links Ballroom in Quincy. The event sold out with over 500 guests attending, raising over $300,000.

Quincy, Massachusetts (December 23, 2016) – On Friday December 9th 500 guests filled Granite Links’ Ballroom in Quincy to set a fundraising record for Interfaith Social Services. Over $300,000 was raised, more than any other fundraiser in Interfaith’s history. Proceeds provide food, mental health counselling and emergency assistance to South Shore residents in need. Interfaith operates one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston.

“We couldn’t keep our doors open without the support we receive through this event each year,” said Interfaith’s Executive Director Rick Doane. “Our Feed the Hungry Gala accounts for a large percentage of our annual budget. It is incredible to see how many local businesses and individuals contributed to this incredible evening of philanthropy.”

An impressive group of local businesses donated to an evening filled with food, fun, libations and generosity. One of the most visual contributions was from The Fruit Center Marketplace. They used fruits and vegetables to construct a gorgeous centerpiece display. All of the produce was distributed to Interfaith’s food pantry clients after the Gala.

As they arrived all Gala guests were greeted with a complimentary cocktail crafted by Boston Harbor Distillery. Chef Ming Cao from Fuji prepared an amazing selection of Japanese makimono rolls for everyone. The crew from Island Creek Oysters worked hard all night shucking oysters for guests. Chef Greg Jordan and his team from The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge whipped up a delicious Provencal Cassoulet. Chef Sam Cabral-Curtis from The Corner Stop Eatery made a scrumptious dish of tuna, avocado, cilantro & lime with corn tortilla chips. Chef Garner Blume from Belfry Hall prepared Benton’s country ham with homemade biscuits and gravy. Chef Frank Van Overbeeke from iCater gave everyone a treat with Mississippi pot roast and smashed potatoes. And Chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove dished up one of his crowd pleasing favorite Mediterranean plates.

At the end of the evening Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik from The Townshend whipped up some homemade S’Mores Brownies. Paired with these desserts, the crew from Coffee Break Cafe treated all of the Gala guests to some specialty coffee selections.

This amazing dine-around and dessert reception were just two of the many festive activities guests enjoyed at this year’s Feed the Hungry Gala. Using BidPal’s technology guests bid on an amazing variety of silent auction packages including signed sports memorabilia, getaways, exclusive experiences and other one of a kind items. Carnival style games kept everyone competing for fantastic prizes all night. In between playing games guests rocked out to the musical stylings of the very talented Mark Greel Band, and Master Illusionist Darren Yong amazed attendees with his sleight of hand.

Not only did guests enjoy amazing food, games and live entertainment they were treated to an assortment of adult beverages as well. There were two incredible wine tasting stations courtesy of Bin Ends Wine. Spirit tastings were scattered throughout the venue thanks to Bradford Distillery, Bully Boy Distillers and Boston Harbor Distillery. For the nondrinkers, Simpson Spring set up an array of their unique soda samplings from the oldest bottling plant in the United States.

Latoyia Edwards of NBC Boston/NECN emceed the event. During the evenings program guests heard from clients who benefited from Interfaith’s food pantry. Attendees participated in games and bid on live auction packages. Executive Director Rick Doane recognized the contributions made by one of Interfaith’s volunteers, Charlene Manning. She was honored as the organization’s Community Hero of the Year.

After the program many guests danced the night away during the dessert reception. When they finally dragged themselves away from the dance floor, attendees received gift bags packed full of treats from Gala sponsors and friends.

Interfaith Social Services’ 19th annual Feed the Hungry Gala sponsors included: Presenting level sponsors: The Arbella Insurance Foundation and Walmart. Champion level sponsors: JetBlue Getaways and Granite Telecommunications. Hero level sponsors: Advisor Assist, Makepeace Digital Printing, Neighborhood Health Plan, and South Shore Living Magazine. Activist level sponsors: BMC HealthNet, Campbell, DeVasto & Associates, CCR, Eliza Corporation, Foxcroft Real Estate Management, Granite Links Golf Club, HarborOne Bank, J. Calnan & Associates, MavroCreative, MountainOne Bank, NECN, Quincy Mutual Group, Signet Electronic Systems, Inc., South Shore Bank and Stop & Shop Supermarket, as well as many other local businesses and philanthropic individuals.

Planning is already underway for Interfaith’s 20th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala scheduled for Friday December 8, 2017.