Alstead NH, Sept 19, 2015 Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
by Rick Reynolds
The totals were in and Fall Mountain Food Shelf Director, Mary Lou Huffling was deeply moved by the warmth and support in evidence at Bensonwood’s Harvest Hoedown fundraiser. ”As always, it was a very heartwarming experience of community caring, and it will make such a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors. It was so wonderful that so many local businesses and individuals contributed to the event. To be there and experience the caring of the people—it was such a gratifying feeling. So many people came up to me and expressed their concern for the food shelf; that we be able to continue meeting the needs of our neighbors.”
By the end of the event, the proceeds had shattered last year’s total of $5,500, a sum that had been doubled by an anonymous matching donor. This year, $8,685 was raised, with $2,100 from the raffle, $5,285 from corporate and personal checks, and a $1,300 Bensonwood Events committee donation. Again matched by an anonymous donor, that brought the grand total to $17,370. In addition, a carload of food was donated by those attending the event. A big thank you must go out to Intus Windows, Cleary Millwork, Rogue Valley Door, and Kahrs Flooring for their generous donations.
“I get goosebumps all over when I think of the generosity of all those who contributed,” said Mary Lou. “Their spirit of sharing will make such a difference in so many lives.”
Kevin Bittenbender, Head of Production at Bensonwood, was equally pleased by the turnout. “The event is one of my favorite days of the year. Bensonwood likes to contribute to organizations that are local—where we feel we can really make a difference. The food shelf is a great organization. They make a big difference in people’s lives, and we are really happy to be able to give them some good support. Pulling together many people to make donations to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf is a great agenda for this event. It’s always fun to throw a party, but it’s really great when the party has such a fantastic purpose.”
Jeffrey Starratt, Procurement Agent for Bensonwood added, “I’m just so thankful to Bensonwood for giving us the opportunity to organize this event. Everyone at the company worked together, not just the Events Committee, to help make it a seamless event, enjoyed by all. It’s so important that we give back to the community.”
According to Mary Lou, one particularly vulnerable group, the elderly, will be especially helped by the proceeds of the Harvest Hoedown benefit. “Many would be surprised to see the need in the elderly population—a group that comprises a good third of the people we serve. They worked hard all their lives, but with the cost of living sky high, making ends meet while living on Social Security leaves many without the means to get enough to eat. It shouldn’t be that way in the United States.”
“That’s why benefits like the Harvest Hoedown are so important,” Mary Lou emphasized. “The money raised at the event will feed so many people!”
Companies contributing to the fundraiser include: The Bread Shed, C&S Grocers, Monadnock Food Coop, Pete’s Farm Stand, Taylor’s Welding, LaValley Building Supply, Diamond Pizza, Duncan Gowdy, Fastenal, Harpoon Brewery, Hooper’s Golf Club, Perkin’s Home Center, Raven Workshop, Rebecca Holtz, Russell Supply, The Village Blooms, Walpole Village Salon, Walpole Village Tavern, Walpole Village Grocery, The Restaurant at Burdicks, Alyson’s Orchard, Signworx, Siga, Vermont Custom Cabinetry, Coastal Forest Products, Cooper Stair, Tractor Supply of Walpole, Celeste Longacre, Windows and Doors by Brownell.
The Fall Mountain Food Shelf is located at 122 State Highway 12A, Alstead, NH 03602.
Please call 603 835-2283 to make donations directly or arrange to volunteer, Monday-Saturday, 9am – 4pm.
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