At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
On Thursday, October 20, hundreds of people gathered at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton to celebrate Senator Stan Rosenberg’s 25 years of elected service to Western Massachusetts. The event was an inspiring tribute to the Senator, with guest speakers that included former Governor Michael Dukakis, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, Senate President Terese Murray, U.S. Rep. John Olver, and Northeastern District Attorney David Sullivan.
The Food Bank was a grateful beneficiary of a special raffle held at the event at the invitation of Senator Rosenberg. As a long-time believer in the work of The Food Bank and a great supporter of local artists, the Senator saw a way to bring both causes together at his celebration. He approached artists from across the region to request pieces to be donated to the raffle, and received a wonderful response from eight talented artists. The Food Bank is thankful to the following artisans for their contribution:
We also want to thank the Boston Red Sox, which donated a pair of grandstand tickets to the 2012 season, and Lisa Andoscia of Rosewood Communications, who donated a pair of tickets to the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
By the end of the evening, The Food Bank had collected more than $1,100 in raffle ticket purchases, 100% of which will benefit The Food Bank’s work to reduce hunger and increase food security in Western Massachusetts.
In addition, The Rosenberg Committee has very generously committed to match all raffle ticket purchases, bringing the total fundraising from the evening to $2,200!
Since every $1 donated to The Food Bank allows us to distribute $13 worth of food, this event raised enough for us to distribute nearly 15,000 meals to people in need of food assistance.
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