Lucky number 13 brought many new people to Second Harvest on September 30th to celebrate Generous Helpings. Newness and celebration were in the air. We saw so many new faces who visited for the first time. Yet, some of our regulars were tapping to the tunes by Swamp Boogie Band. Over 500 people helped raise over $68,000 for our neighbors struggling with hunger. Eating, relaxing, dancing, competing at the bid table for the perfect silent auction prize and even watching the Brown’s game all marked the evening.
Guests dined on tasty dishes ranging from 19 local chefs and restaurants, making the competition tough for the judges and guests to select their favorites. This year’s Critic Choice winner was from Greek Taverna. The People’s Choice Award went to the Brickyard Bar & Grill.
Earlier this year our friend and colleague, Bev Lizanich, lost her fight with cancer. As director of our Program & Member Services Department for more than a decade, she fostered a positive relationship with all of our partner charities and earned the respect of all. Bev believed in doing all we can to help those who need us and to honor her legacy Second Harvest created an award to recognize programs affecting change in new and exciting ways.
A special highlight was the presentation of the first-ever Bev Lizanich Innovation Award. Each year, this award will recognize a program striving to be proactive in addressing the needs of their community and finding unique ways to make an impact. This award recognizes the achievements in creative thinking, problem-solving, ingenuity and cooperation in the areas of program delivery, client service, food access, or advocacy. OHgo, from Erie County is the 2018 recipient. Christine Boesch and Kendra Faulkner, the founders of OHgo, were there to receive this award. Check out some of the photos from the memorable evening here.
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