That night, Aaliyah, Antonio, Adrian, Ollie, Shin and Grace, FoodWhat youth from every corner of Santa Cruz County, stepped up to the mic to stand in their power and tell their stories of personal growth and transformation since joining FoodWhat. With the incredible food, beautiful scenery and many great conversations and connections, it was a wonderful evening on so many levels.
Thanks to the generosity of the FoodWhat Family, we successfully met our ambitious $50,000 fundraising goal and triggered $30,000 in matching funds from sponsors. That's $80,000 in funding for youth empowerment, leadership development, job training, health and nutrition, and food justice work in 2016 and especially our Watsonville programming!
Thank you everyone who joined us for your presence and contributions -- together, we made the night a phenomenal success! Our hearfelt thanks to our Advisory Council and table captains who brought so many folks together to celebrate and support youth empowerment. Huge props to the FoodWhat alumni and stellar volunteers who came to help run the event smoothly. We are super grateful to our amazing chef partners - Damani Thomas from Oswald Restaurant, Chris LaVeque and El Salchichero, Penny Ice Creamery, Fran Grayson from The Truck Stop, and Ballesteros Catering Company for their talent and tireless work with the FoodWhat youth crew to prepare the meal. And many thanks to our sponsors and event partners without whom the Benefit Dinner would not be possible! We're so honored to be in this work with all of you!
Co-Sponsor Special Thanks To
Friends of Santa Cruz Parks Damani Thomas, Oswald Restaurant
Chris La Veque, El Salchichero
Youth Power Champions The Penny Ice Creamery
Myra and Drew Goodman Fran Grayson, The Truck Stop
Crystal Birns Photography
Rainbow Chard Rockstars Live Earth Farm
Outstanding in the Field Patagonia Provisions
Anonymous Earthbound Farm
The Center for Agroecology and
Job Preparedness Patrons Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
Ken and Branwyn Wagman Martinelli's
Whale City Bakery
Healthy Kids Heroes Pie Ranch
Lighthouse Information Systems The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Jacobs Farm Del Cabo Bay Federal Credit Union
If you weren't able to join us this year, we hope to see you at our next Fall Benefit Dinner in September 2016! You can support the youth crew too by donating here.