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Northwest Arkansas Food Bank to host gala on Nov. 5

By: 29 September 2010 2 Comments

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—A night of dinner and dancing will go far in providing meals for thousands of our Northwest Arkansas neighbors.

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is hosting its first fundraising gala Nov. 5 at the Fayetteville Town Center. “Holiday Extravaganza: Jewels of Giving,” presented by Sara Lee, promises to be a night that donors will never forget. There will be delicious food provided by Kruton’s Catering, along with dinner and dancing music provided by the local favorite Ultra Suede. The evening will also include a silent auction, as well as a live auction led by Rogers attorney David Matthews.

Although the event is designed for fun, it has a serious purpose behind it. The purpose of the Jewels of Giving event is twofold, said Marge Wolf, president/CEO of the NWA Food Bank.

“First, we want to raise awareness within the Northwest Arkansas community of the services provided by the NWA Food Bank,” she said. “Many people are unaware that the Food Bank provides meals to more than 100,000 hungry people each year.”

Providing education about what the Food Bank does and how the community can help is part of the Food Bank’s mission.

“One of the greatest needs is for the people of Northwest Arkansas to have a better understanding of the issues of hunger and food insecurity here in our community. Most people who receive food through a NWA Food Bank program are actively employed, albeit underemployed,” Wolf said. “Many of our clients are senior citizens, living on Social Security with little money left for food after housing and medical expenses. Through no fault of their own, these clients need a hand up, and we are proud to be able to serve them.”

The second purpose behind the Jewels of Giving event is to raise money to further that mission. There are thousands of pounds of food donated each year, but the Food Bank must also have money to operate.

“The event will help raise much needed funds which will allow us to continue serving people through our food pantries, Kids Café program and Senior Mobile Pantry,” Wolf said.

In 2009, the Food Bank distributed 3.7 million pounds of food, which translates to 2.9 million meals in the four-county area (Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties).

“In addition to food donations, we must also have monetary donations in order to operate the food bank.  The Jewels of Giving event will raise much needed funds to cover costs associated with our programs, including staffing, operation of our refrigerated trucks, and the purchase of food items when donations aren’t enough,” Wolf said. “For every dollar donated, we can provide five meals to individuals in need.”

Tickets for Jewels of Giving are $75 per person and can be purchased through the Food Bank by calling (479) 872-8774. All profits from the event after expenses will support the Food Bank mission.

For more information about Jewels of Giving or the services provided by Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, contact Marge Wolf, President/CEO at 479-872-8774, ext. 204 or marge.wolf@nwafoodbank.org. To volunteer at the warehouse or the Senior Mobile Pantry, contact Marvin Post at (479) 872-8774 ext. 201, or via email at volunteer.coordinator@nwafoodbank.org.

First Arkansas News is a proud sponsor of this event.

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