Cinco de Mayo went great — thanks!

Posted May 7, 2009 at 8:30 am by

Over 300 peo­ple showed up Tues­day night for the Expe­ri­ence Food Project din­ner at FHHS…and, accord­ing to Lau­rie Paul, it was a great evening! Here’s more from Lau­rie, Wednes­day morning:

Hey Every­one!
I just want­ed to express my own per­son­al great big Thank You to all of you won­der­ful peo­ple for vol­un­teer­ing your time and hard work towards mak­ing last night’s Com­mu­ni­ty Din­ner the best one ever!  It was tru­ly an amaz­ing night as we fed close to 300 peo­ple and raised some­where around $3000 for the Every Child Eats Fund!

I think that the incred­i­ble turnout was tes­ti­mo­ny to the enthu­si­asm and com­mit­ment that our com­mu­ni­ty has, and is increas­ing­ly devel­op­ing, for the  incred­i­ble new food pro­gram hap­pen­ing in our schools.  All it takes is one bite of any­thing Chef Andy cooks up to turn even a skep­tic into a believer!

For me, it is a dream come true to see 11 of my neigh­bors com­ing togeth­er in one place to share a meal, con­verse, exchang­ing words and ideas.  In my near­ly 20 years liv­ing here on San Juan Island, I have often hoped that we could cre­ate some­thing like this on a reg­u­lar basis, and now, thanks to the Expe­ri­ence Food Project and the resources it had put forth, we have all made it hap­pen together.

I gen­uine­ly believe that by shar­ing these expe­ri­ences around food,  in an envi­ron­ment that wel­comes ALL of our neigh­bors, regard­less of the funds avail­able to them, we can build a stronger, more diverse  com­mu­ni­ty in which to raise our chil­dren and nur­ture each other.

Every time one of these din­ners hap­pens it is a whole new effort to get it out into the com­mu­ni­ty, round up vol­un­teers, make menus, cook the food, do the PR, arrange the decor, keep those trays clean and ready to refill, and of course to just be there phys­i­cal­ly to pull the whole thing off.  No one is get­ting paid to make any of it hap­pen and with­out the efforts of vol­un­teers like your­selves, they would not hap­pen at all.

So when you hear peo­ple talk­ing about how great the Cin­co de Mayo Com­mu­ni­ty Din­ner was, smile big and give your­self some kudos, as it would nev­er have hap­pened with­out YOU!

With many thanks and all my best,

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