Having Fun While Raising Funds for the Food Bank

Another successful Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden has come and gone and the Food Bank wishes to thank everyone involved in helping us stock our warehouse shelves as we head into summer.

Over 500 guests mingled with media and Survivor celebrities as they sampled appetizers and wines from local vineyards, while listening to the cool sounds of Shabang!, northern California’s premiere steel drum band. Guests played games of chance, purchased raffle tickets in hopes of winning one of the many fabulous prizes, bid on beautiful and indulgent silent auction items and enjoyed perfect weather for an outdoor event. One guest happily reported that he found the perfect gift for his wife’s upcoming 60th birthday.

“Looks like Cabo”, a guest mentioned as he made his way into the lunch buffet area, commenting on the tropical color scheme and decorations that adorned the lunch tables. As guests enjoyed another outstanding meal prepared and served by Englund’s Café and Catering, Executive Director Larry Sly welcomed everyone and thanked our sponsors for their support, beginning with Presenting Sponsor Pacific Service Credit Union. The crowd participated in two rousing games of Heads ‘N Tails, with each winner receiving a $500 gas card! The Swinging Blue Stars entertained the lunch crowd with their nostalgic sounds. Food Bank clients spoke movingly about their experiences with food insecurity and how their lives have been transformed. Next up was the live auction, where unique, one of a kind fantasy packages were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

With the opening of the dessert tasting tents, guests had trouble deciding on which decadent confection to try first. The inaugural Cupcake Wars drew many observers, as guests cheered while judges sampled the various entries and awarded Best of Show to Mitchell Hughes.

Photo by Mike Dunn

Close to 100 volunteers and Food Bank staff had one goal in mind at the event – to make our guests feel welcome and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of food, wine, music and fun. If you missed out, there is always next year! Please save Sunday, June 24, 2012 and plan to attend the event of the summer!

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