I recently cleared my desk of papers and found this clipping my Mom mailed to me a few months ago. It was a nice event worth sharing.
This wasn’t an auction, but it was a fundraising gala. Read on…
My trip to Kansas this summer coincided with a local fundraiser. It was a well-crafted event and a nice gesture on behalf of the young man who organized it.
Adam Hoffines graduated from high school in 2006. He headed to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and graduated in September.
Over a break in his studies this summer, he went back to his hometown. He enjoyed band in high school and wanted to help the students in the music department pay for a planned trip to Florida in the 2009-10 school year.
With assistance from family and friends, he oversaw a fundraising gala which showcased his new talents and raised money. Adam planned and oversaw the preparation of a six-course menu for 108 people at the senior center.
Tickets were sold in advance for $30. The meal was served in two seatings (we were in the second, which I think started at 8:00 PM).
The food was lovely! My favorites were the chilled cantaloupe soup with lime granite, bison agnolotti with rustic tomato sauce, and rosemary bread. It was hard to believe I was eating so upscale in my hometown.
Each table’s utensils and plates were donated for the meal by a different volunteer. Consequently our table (china, utensils, and centerpiece) looked different than the table next to us.
Costs were partially offset as each course was sponsored by a local business or family.
Students from the music department served the meal (one waiter per guest), and one volunteer played background music on the organ. Another volunteer served as “hostess,” explaining to each table what they were being served and the purpose or history of the course.
It was really quite nice. The event raised $2,900. Well done, Adam!