Almost 400 friends, neighbors, and distinguished guests joined Samaritan House last weekend for our 21st Annual Main Event. The evening provided an opportunity for Samaritan House supporters to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our very robust food assistance program – which provides over 145,000 meals to families in our community every year.
The event’s festivities began with a very moving speech from our Executive Director, Kitty Lopez, who thanked the crowd for their continued support of Samaritan House’s mission. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the night, shared her insights on food insecurity along the peninsula as well as her own personal experience having undertook the “Food Stamp Challenge”. As Rep. Speier discussed with the crowd, “Hunger can no longer be a hidden issue in San Mateo County; it is a personal crisis that our friends, neighbors, and family members face on a daily basis.”
Guests were then treated to the premiere of a video created by volunteer videographer George Uibel (of the OPENFRAME http://www.theopenframe.com). Wonderfully shot, with compelling images and beautiful musical score, the film highlights Samaritan House’s far-reaching and impactful food assistance program. (You can watch this video on our YouTube page)
Following this touching video presentation, Rep. Speier presented Kitty Lopez with a proclamation from the county of San Mateo in recognition of all of Kitty’s service to the community during her 12 years as executive director of our agency.
Always a treat, we were honored to have State Senator Jerry Hill serve as our auctioneer for the evening. Guests were delighted to bid on such fabulous auction items this year as a trip to Seattle, Maui, and tickets to watch the San Francisco Giants from the luxury box at AT&T Park. The “fund-a-need” item of the evening managed to raise well over the hoped for mark of $50,000 to benefit our food assistance program.
The night ended with a very high-energy, Motown-inspired performance from the Reed Fromer Band that had all our guests up and on their feet dancing.
We thank all our of our attendees for a wonderful and very successful evening of fundraising, celebration, and discussion about the struggles that low-income families in our county face every day. With your help, we are able to respond to the ever growing need among our neighbors for our supportive services. “Neighbor helping Neighbor”, we will continue to feed our community together.