Our 8th Annual Ultimate Tailgate Party happened this past Sunday, bringing together dozens of New England’s best chefs and hundreds of generous Lovin’ Spoonfuls supporters for a delicious evening of fundraising.
Board Member Andy Youniss (and 2017 Thomas M. Menino award honoree) kicked off the evening with a spirited welcome, followed by a presentation of the 5th annual Thomas M Menino Award to Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren graciously accepted the award via a thoughtful video message.
Later in the evening, Culinary Board Member Andrew Zimmern kicked off our speaking program – reminding us all how food connects communities and how the work we do is needed, not only to feed people, but to connect people. Vinny Vassallo, one of our 9 Food Rescue Coordinators, followed with a speech illustrating the day to day impacts of our work. Following Vinny, Maria Flores, a client of our beneficiary agency Roxbury Youthworks, spoke about her experience receiving food from our deliveries, and the incredible impact the food we provide has had on her family. Following Maria’s heartfelt speech, Andrew Zimmern led an enthusiastic appeal for support of our work!