Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Fall Benefit Dinner a Huge Success!

   2016 Fall Benefit Dinner a Huge Success!

"Food, What?!" celebrated our 10th year with an absolutely full house of wonderful new friends and steadfast supporters, including 36 alumni from the past decade of FoodWhat!

Over 300 community members including teachers, farmers, education leaders, elected officials, local businesses, FoodWhat alumni and supporters from all over Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area came together to celebrate FoodWhat at our annual Benefit Dinner on September 18th. We are still feeling the magic of that special night. We are humbled by the phenomenal youth that we partner with, and our FoodWhat community that make this work possible. We couldn't do it without you! 

Thanks to the generosity of the FoodWhat Family, we successfully met our ambitious $50,000 fundraising goal and triggered $50,000 in matching funds from sponsors. That's $100,000 in funding for youth empowerment, leadership development, job training, health and nutrition, and food justice work in 2017! 

We have so many people to thank for making the night such a success. Our deepest thanks to our Board of Directors and table captains who brought so many folks together to celebrate and support 10 years of FoodWhat! Huge props to the FoodWhat alumni and stellar volunteers who came out to help run the event smoothly. We are super grateful to our amazing chef partners for their talent and tireless work with the FoodWhat youth crew to prepare the meal:

Chefs Heidi Schlecht and Amy Padilla, Feel Good Foods
Chef Cesario Ruiz and My Mom's Mole
Chef Chris LaVeque and El Salchichero
Chef Damani Thomas, Oswald Restaurant 
Chef Kendra Baker, Assembly Restaurant
Chef Fran Grayson, Steamer Lane Supply
Chefs Mario & Jessica Ballesteros, Ballesteros Catering 

And many thanks to our sponsors and event partners without whom the Benefit Dinner would not be possible! 

Together, we're ready for another big year.

With gratitude,
Doron,  Abby,  Anna, Irene, David, Deonte, Nathan, and the entire FoodWhat Crew

PS: We hope to see you at the next Benefit Dinner in September 2017!

Thanks again to our generous sponsors!


Youth Power Champions
The David & Abigail Kaun Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Sustainable Future Supporters
Branwyn & Ken Wagman
Bobby Pelz & Lindsay Parker
The Stocker Family Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Health Youth Heroes
David Soares & Suz Howells

Job Preparedness Patrons

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Farm Systems (CASFS)
Live Earth Farm
Farm Discovery
Life Lab
Matt Farrar, Ignition Designs
Bon Appetit Management Company
Blue House Farm
Crystal Birns Photography
Companion Bakeshop
JBQAV - Quality Pro Audio
Reusable Bag Solutions
Pete Bell TV
Pie Ranch
Sports Design
Straus Family Creamery
Whale City Bakery

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