Public Charities came out to the BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. to present the organization with a check worth $10,000. This money will go to help purchase food necessary to feed students in need during the 2019-10 school year.
BACKPACK WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM OF GASTON COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT
FROM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR $15,000
Gastonia, NC – BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) is pleased to announce it has received
a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County. These funds will support
the mission of the program, which is to provide nutritionally-balanced meals to children in need on the
Founded in 2011 by Carolyn Niemeyer, the BWFP has evolved into a nearly $500,000 project serving
school-aged children in Gaston County Schools. In eight years, more than 1.4 million meals have been
served to students in grades K-12.
“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for their financial support once
again this year,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. “This grant will ensure that hungry children will
not have to worry about their next meal on the weekend and can come to school better nourished,
more alert and ready to learn.”
The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review
DINING AT THE CHEF’S TABLE WILL RETURN TO GASTON COUNTY IN SEPTEMBER
BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. to host Annual Fundraiser
The BackPack Weekend Food Program’s (BWFP) signature fundraiser, Dining at the Chef’s Table, is back again and with an extra, special flare. This year’s soirée will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Gaston Country Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. A slight twist on the original event arrangement, the soirée will feature specialty tapas, pop-up performances, silent and live auctions and local Celebrity Servers.
“To mark the fourth annual fundraising event, we will celebrate nearly eight years of providing more than 1.4 million weekend meals to students in Gaston County Schools,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director, BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. “We are excited to host Dining at the Chef’s Table Soirée, which we hope will be an entertaining and memorable experience for our guests and continue to raise awareness about the BWFP.”
The evening begins with cocktails and a unique auction collection, pop-up opera performances, interactive activities and an array of specialty food selections featuring Mediterranean, Southern, New Orleans, Italian and vegetarian cuisine. Emceeing the event this year are two familiar faces: Steven D’Avria, CEO at the Gaston Regional Chamber and Brigida Mack, anchor and reporter at WBTV News.
A trademark of the annual fundraiser, the 2018 Celebrity Servers are: Annie Anthony, Volunteer; Dr. William A. Current, Jr. DDS; Jennifer P. Davis, President and CEO, Jennifer P. Davis & Associates, LLC; Greg Dills, Owner, Page Power Systems, Inc.; John Forgan, Senior Vice President and Group Manager, PNC Bank; Edie Hancock, Owner, Winter Past Flowers and Gifts; Craig Kluttz, Market President and Commercial Banker, BB&T; Natalie Tindol, Owner and President, Tindol Ford; Chris Peek, President and CEO, CaroMont Health, Walker E. Reid, III, Mayor of Gastonia and Jeff Viner, Managing Partner, Gastonia Nissan.
To create competition this year, Celebrity Servers will compete to win the most desirable title “2018 Best of BWFP Celebrity Server.” Celebrity Servers will be paired with a specialty food and guests can vote for their favorite server and cuisine. For added bait, each vote cast is also a guest’s chance to walk away with a prize valued at $300 or more. Raffle tickets for voting will be available for purchase at the event (2 tickets for $5.00 or 5 tickets for $10.00).
Over 30 silent auction items will be on display for bidding—anything from a Charlotte Staycation to rare, hand-made jewelry pieces.
The evening will culminate with a live auction and the opportunity to pledge to sponsor a child for a school year. For $350, a child can receive meals for 35 weekends during the school year.
Individual guest tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.bwfpgc.com or directly here: https://backpack18.auction-bid.org/microsite/register-tickets. Tickets include open bar, specialty tapas, silent and live auctions and entertainment.
“It takes a village to raise a child,” said Butler. “As a community, we are committed to helping hungry children in need through weekend meals and offering these children a better promise of tomorrow.”
Terry Stroupe along with the BB&T Bank staff of the Gaston County Branch Presented a Check for $3,500 from the BB&T Bank Lighthouse Project.