We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!
Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!
thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!
Now through July 7, 2019, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: http://www.target.com/circle
We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to feed students in need on the weekends in Gaston County Schools.
Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign!
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.”