Thank you to the 200 or so who came to enjoy The Amazing Challenge this year, our annual kickoff to the campaign to meet the City of Middletown’s Challenge Grant. This year our Amazing Grace Food Pantry must raise $35,550 in order to receive $17,775 from the City. To date the total is just over $11,300 – if you’d like to send a check toward the Challenge, please sent a check and write “AG Challenge” in the memo.
It’s also a wonderful night of thanksgiving for our Amazing Grace Food Pantry.There are so many people to thank! First of all, we are grateful for the Cross St. AME Zion Church for allowing us to use such a spacious and beautiful hall and kitchen for the occasion. CT Rental Center donated soup cups, spoons, ladles, warmers, and pitchers for water. Minuteman Press of Rocky Hill/Wethersfield printed our postcard invitations. NoRa Cupcakes donated mini-cupcakes. Dunkin Donuts gave us the coffee. Price Chopper, Fusion Bakery, Antonios and Public Market all donated bread. Soups were made and donated by: ION Restaurant, Herd Restaurant, Blackbird Tavern, Middlesex Hospital, Silvana’s Catering, the Elk’s Club Chef Kevin Smith, St. Vincent de Paul’s Chef Jeremiah Rufini, City Church, South District Firehouse, South Congregational Church, First Church of Christ Middletown, Church of the Holy Trinity, and Betsy & David Morgan. Cookies were baked by many people, including Kathleen Kelly, Nan O’Brien, Pat Hickox, members of St. John’s Church and Amazing Grace Pantry volunteers.
The soups were served by many celebrity servers, including State Senator Paul Doyle, Deputy Mayor Bob Santangelo, City of Middletown councilmen and women, members of the Board of Ed, the faith community and civic leaders. Nancy Meyers, Mimi Rich, Betsy Morgan, Claudia DeFrance and Kathleen Kelly helped with all of the organization, set-up and welcoming of guests. St. Vincent de Paul Board of Directors volunteered along with students from Mercy and Middletown High Schools.
The Amazing Grace Food Pantry serves more than 1,000 households every month. Last year we received and distributed almost $750,000 worth of food! Amazing Grace really is a community of people in the best sense of what a community can be! To have so much good energy among such a diverse group of people who are all committed to Meeting Needs & Offering Hope to their neighbors is really a testament to the power of caring. This year’s Amazing Challenge 2017 was a night of amazing grace.
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown
See more coverage of the supper by Bill Muane (thanks Bill!)