May 27, 2017
 
Interfaith Social Services Annual Gala Raises $300K, Most Ever

December 26, 2016 — Interfaith Social Services, a non-religious, nonprofit multi-service center based in Quincy that provides food and clothing to South Shore residents, announced that it raised a record-setting $300,000 at its recent annual gala.

The 19th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala, held earlier this month at the Granite Links Ballroom in Quincy, attracted 500 attendees.

Last year, the gala raised $250,000, up from $214,000 the year before.

Proceeds from the sold-out event will provide food, mental health counselling and emergency assistance to South Shore residents in need. Interfaith Social Servicesoperates 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.”

Food and beverages were provided by area chefs and restaurants. They included: Chef Ming Cao from Fuji; Island Creek Oysters; Chef Greg Jordan and his team from The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge; Chef Sam Cabral-Curtis from The Corner Stop Eatery; Chef Garner Blume from Belfry Hall; Chef Frank Van Overbeeke from iCater; Chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove; Chef Kate Holowchik from The Townshend; and Coffee Break Cafe.

In addition, wine and beverages were provided by Boston Harbor Distillery; Bin Ends Wine; Bradford Distillery, Bully Boy Distillers; Boston Harbor Distillery; and Simpson Spring.

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.

Doane recognized Interfaith volunteer Charlene Manning, who was honored as the organization’s Community Hero of the Year.

Gala sponsors included The Arbella Insurance Foundation, Walmart, JetBlue Getaways, Granite Telecommunications, Advisor Assist, Makepeace Digital Printing, Neighborhood Health Plan, South Shore Living Magazine, 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.

Founded in 1947, Interfaith. operates a multi-service center to help disadvantaged South Shore residents. Last year their volunteers distributed 855,000 pounds of food to 37,7000 local residents. Also, 17,600 people accessed food through the organization's Pantry Shelf program. Interfaith also provides counseling and related services.

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