Guest post by Food Bank volunteer Aaron Yuen: The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was invited to the California Autobody Association East Bay Chapter’s 14th Annual Toys for Tots Model Truck Competition. The dinner event took place at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00pm. As a Food Bank Ambassador, I was asked to represent the Food Bank joined by my wife Kathryn. It was a most enjoyable evening. The model cars created by the body shops and students were exquisite. Many folks who contributed to the autobody industry were recognized. The models were silent auctioned out to the benefits of two local food banks. The event also gave out many scholarships to autobody schools/students.
Dinner was prepared by Scott’s Seafood. Ceasar salad, stuffed salmon, grilled chicken, and glazed walnut rum cake were served. I purchased $20 of raffle tickets and ended up with 3 prizes by the end of the evening; a $50 gift card to Hana Japan, two $25 gift cards to Umigo Indoor Kart Racing and a hooded sweatshirt size 2XL (after this dinner, size 2XL seemed to fit just right!). As an ambassador, I took the opportunity to give out some “Quick Facts” cards to bring awareness to event goers about our Food Bank and its programs and services.
The event host Gigi Walker served many purposes via this event. What a great idea in honoring people in the industry, grooming the next generation and doing charitable work all in one evening. It was inspiring and humbling for having taken part in such a well thought out event. By the end of the evening, 157 pounds of donated food was collected. According to Gigi Walker, the auction also raised $3500 with about half of the proceeds going to each food bank.