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County Food Fight 2011

Let the annual Counties Care Food Fight begin!  2011 marks the eighth year that employees of Solano and Contra Costa counties will help raise funds for their respective neighbors in need, and vie for bragging rights to the Big Apple trophy.  The winning county is determined by the amounts raised per employee.

What began in 2003 as a friendly competition focusing on helping the community, has grown into an annual fundraiser the Food Bank depends on.  Last year county employees raised over $143,000 for the Food Bank!   In the seven year history of the Food Fight, county employees have helped raise over $811,000!

Although Contra Costa County employees took home the Big Apple in 2010, Solano County employees are determined to bring it back home in 2011.  Funds are raised in a variety of ways including collecting donations for Food Bank Buy A Bags, holding bake sales, selling hot dogs, and any creative way county employees can think of to wrestle donations out of their fellow employees!

Local radio stations including KUIC, KKDV and Gene Burns at KGO pitch in to help promote the drive, encouraging listeners to donate as a “friend of the Food Bank”.  This brings in additional donations although these funds are not included in the employee to employee competition.

You can help by donating online through the Food Bank site. Be sure to select your county!

The Food Bank gratefully acknowledges Contra Costa and Solano County employees for taking on this huge holiday fundraiser.  This is proof that county employees really do care about the residents in their county.  Please support their efforts.

Donor Spotlight – Bill and Terri Wygal

Bill's Ace HardwareBill and Terri Wygal are the owners of Bill’s Chairs for Affairs and Bill’s Ace Hardware stores. Bill’s Ace Hardware has been in business since 1964 serving the community and ensuring Grandpa Bill’s vision of providing superior customer service remains a priority.

For more than ten years their businesses have been Certified Green, with Bill’s being one of the first local businesses to attain that distinction. Bill’s Chairs for Affairs was purchased in November of 2008 from a good friend of theirs, and is operated with the same commitment to service as the hardware stores. Bill and Terri are both extremely active in their community, partnering with many non-profits such as the Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Civic Art, and Veterans causes. They generously sent their employees to help rebuild Monument Crisis Center when called upon.

Bill’s Ace Hardware is a strong supporter of the Food Bank, donating auction prizes and cases of water for the annual Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden fundraiser in June. On a more personal note, when a local Concord boy was murdered in February 2010 and a Food Bank employee helping his single mother put together a memorial service contacted Bill, he did not hesitate when asked to donate cases of water for the lunch.

Bill and Terri have been extremely involved in Martinez schools for years. Their support of Martinez schools ranges from the elementary schools to the Junior High School, and all the way to Alhambra High School. Bill and Terri both have a strong commitment to the communities that we live in and try to give back as much as possible. They are amazing people who are always wonderful to talk to and always willing to help with anything you need. We salute Bill and Terri Wygal for their outstanding efforts in helping to end hunger.

 

Drawing Winner Surprises the Food Bank!

On June 26th, at the Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden fundraising event, seven lucky supporters won great prizes in our Roger Weiss Memorial Beat the Recession Drawing.  One of those lucky winners won $1,001 in Target gift cards.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, picked up her gift cards at the Food Bank after the event.  To our surprise and delight, as she walked out the door, she handed me a check made out to the Food Bank for………$1,001!  What a wonderful surprise!  Food Bank supporters are amazing people.

Thank you anonymous donor!

It’s the Final Countdown!

Six days and counting until the event of the summer! New vendors Whole Foods, Quady Winery and Fresh & Easy will join many other vendors to delight your taste buds in our Appetizer and Dessert Tasting Tents. Watch four local master cake decorator/pastry chefs compete in our first ever Cupcake War! We have nine fabulous Live Auction prizes and over 110 Silent Auction prizes including baskets, garden items, get-a-ways, fine wine and more. You will love the island music provided by northern California’s premier steel drum band Shabang!, and the Swinging Blue Stars of the USS Hornet will take you back to the good old days.

Enjoy A Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden and help feed your neighbors in need. Don’t miss this spectacular once a year event! For complete event details and to make reservations, visit www.theeventofthesummer.com.

2010 - Afternoon in the Admiral's Garden


Treasures Await You in the Silent Auction

In addition to all the great food and wine at the Food Bank’s Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden fundraising event on June 26th there are over 100 items to bid on in our silent auction!

Here are the highlights of the Silent Auction:

– More than 50 baskets of home and garden items from Sur La Table, Pier One, Bill’s Ace Hardware and others
– Toys, clothes, games and princess fare for kids and families
– Holiday delights for dining and decorating
– Golf and tickets to A’s and Giant’s games
– Jewelry from David Yurman, Tiffany and Brighton
– An AMAZING wine collection from premier and boutique wineries including Arrowood, Cline, Domaine Carneros, Esterlina, Mantra, Pine Ridge, Rombauer, Roth, Shafer, Siduri, Turnbull, Viansa and many more. The highlight of the collection comes from Saxum James Berry. We have 3 bottles of Syrah from 2005, 2006 and 2007. The 2007 is the star of the vertical. It was rated 100 points by Robert Parker and was named 2010 Wine of the Year (number one in their annual Top 100 ranking) by Wine Spectator magazine.

More to come…

For complete event details and to make reservations, visit www.theeventofthesummer.com.

Bid on acclaimed wines from Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, a handmade quilt donated by our friends the Tole Bridge Tolers, decor for your home and garden and a kit with all the tools you need to be a master pastry chef at home! Only some of the hundreds of auction items at
A Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden.

Swing and Dance with us on June 26th!

Take a musical trip back in time to the 40’s and 50’s as the fabulous Swingin’ Blue Stars of the USS Hornet join us again at our “Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden” annual fundraising event.  Audiences of all ages get a thrill from their fun performances that mix saucy and romantic WWII tunes. You don’t want to miss it! Register today at www.theeventofthesummer.com. Learn more about the Swingin’ Blue Stars www.singingbluestars.com.

Just added to the line-up: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse!

If you love a cold beer on a summer day you will love the newest addition to our Admiral’s Garden Tasting Tent line-up, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse!

Sample BJ’s handcrafted Brewhouse Blonde and Jeremiah Red beers, Root Beer and Orange Cream handcrafted sodas, paired perfectly with delicious Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps.

Learn about our other tasting tents and get your tickets at www.theeventofthesummer.com. See you at “A Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”!

Find BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse on Facebook.

Announcing Shabang Steel Drum Band at the event of the summer!

We are so excited to announce the authentic Caribbean calypso steel drum music of Shabang Steel Drum Band will be joining us at our annual fundraising event on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Mare Island in Vallejo.

Their engaging melodies and lyrics set to the infectious rhythms of Calypso, Reggae, Zouk and Soca, and highlighted with the indigenous sound of steel drums or steel pans, will take you on a virtual Caribbean vacation.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, these steel pan players have been the darlings of the corporate party scene in Northern California, Tahoe and Reno for more than a decade.

Please join the Food Bank and local TV and radio personalities, and sample a multitude of delicious foods and beverages at our 11th annual “Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”. Learn more: www.theeventofthesummer.com.

Shabang Steel Drum Band

Cupcake War!

Local cake decorating experts declare a Cupcake War! Master cake decorator and sugar artist Jan Loomis will join other local cake decorators/pastry chefs Tracy Wirta, Mitchel Hughes of Spun Sugar, Berkeley and Marla Erojo of Cakes made by M.E., Oakland  in a cupcake competition in the Dessert Tasting Tents at “An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden”. Celebrity guests will judge and guests will sample!

The tropical event of the summer takes place on Sunday, June 26th on Mare Island in Vallejo! Make your reservations online today!

Enjoy a Tropical Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden!

Take an express trip to the tropics on Sunday, June 26th at the Food Bank’s 11th annual Admiral’s Garden fundraising event! Mark your calendar and don’t miss this fabulous event of the summer.

This year local master sugar artists/ cake decorators and pastry chefs have declared a Cupcake War in the Dessert Tasting Tents! Watch Jan Loomis, Tracy Wirta, Mitchell Hughes and Marla Erojo decorate cupcakes and compete. Celebrity judges will decide who will win the Cupcake War!

Mingle and chat with Survivor TV stars Yau-Man Chan, Sylvia Kwan, Chad Crittenden, Sonja Christopher, Cecilia Mansilla and other local media celebrities.

You’ll feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy the authentic Caribbean music of Shabang Steel Drum Band. And, back by popular demand are the Singing Blue Stars of the USS Hornet taking the party back to the swinging sounds of the 40’ and 50’s. Add to the musical line-up DJ’s Denon & Doyle.

The fun starts at 12 noon with the opening of the Wine and Appetizer Tasting Tents and live music by Shabang. At 1:30 a delicious gourmet lunch, prepared by Englund’s Catering, is served in the garden. Dessert Tasting Tents open at 2:30. Learn more about some of our Tasting Tents participants. Tour the mansions, St. Peter’s Chapel and the Naval Museum. Bid on Silent Auction prizes and play fundraising games. Have fun and help the Food Bank r

estock warehouse shelves for the summer. Be sure to wear your favorite tropical outfit!

The low event price of $75 per person or two for $140 includes all food, drink, entertainment and tours. Bring extra cash, check or credit card if you wish to participate in the auction or games.

For more information including online reservations, visit www.theeventofthesummer.com.