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Reporter’s notebook: Jewels of Giving

By: 8 November 2010 One Comment

Jamie Smith is a reporter for First Arkansas News, which was a media sponsor for the NWA Food Bank’s gala “Holiday Extravaganza: Jewels of Giving.” Smith was also on the event committee that helped plan this event.

I’ve always heard about hunger but never really understood it until the last year or so. Like many Americans, I thought of starving children in far away countries-not about children in this country who could be my neighbors, my friends.

Hunger is everywhere. It’s not about starvation, although that’s an extreme. It’s about families not having enough to put healthy, complete meals on the table.  It’s about children arriving at school on Monday morning not able to concentrate because they didn’t get enough to eat at home during the weekend.

In the last year, I’ve both helped and benefited from local food organizations. That’s why I was happy to try and help the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank plan its Holiday Extravaganza: Jewels of Giving. The event was Friday night in Fayetteville.

It was a night of dinner and dancing with a live and silent auction. Held at the Fayetteville Town Center, the gala was catered by Kruton’s Catering and the music was by Ultra Suede-a very popular local 80s cover band. We had wonderful auctioneers “Greater Tuna” characters Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis (played by Ed McClure and Mike Maloney from the Rogers Little Theater).

Many companies and organizations joined the Food Bank in providing this fundraiser. A $15,000 grant from presenting sponsor Sara Lee was announced during the gala. The money will be used for the Food Bank’s senior food program.

As I’ve explained in my other reporter’s notebook stories, I’m not much of a photographer. It’s not my area of expertise for one thing, but I also have a basic quality digital camera and mood lighting doesn’t help in those situations! I wanted to share a few photos of the fun that had an incredibly serious purpose behind it.

We had about 25 tables, I was obviously at table 24. The tables were beautifully decorated with jewel-style candle holders and elegant linens. You can see the event logo on table label. The logo design is by Holly Hamilton.

The VIP reception before the main gala had wonderful Hors d'oeuvres.

There were many amazing silent and live auction items! Here's some gala guests perusing the items for bidding.

The dinner salad was green and leafy with a delicate dressing, sliced grapes and almonds.

Dinner was sliced herb-crusted pork tenderloin, bacon wrapped green bean bundles, penne pasta with sun-dried tomato and basil pesto that was all garnished with sliced Roma tomatoes, and of course a dinner roll.

The images may be blurry, but it's because people were really kicking up their heels! After dinner guests boogied on the dance floor.

There was a reason for folks to be dancing. Ultra Suede played some great 80s tunes!

About: Jamie Smith:
Experienced reporter who is now an entrepreneur. Jamie's Notebook offers writing services including press releases, corporate blogging and feature writing.

One Comment »

  • politie in beeld said:

    Fantastic site. Lots of helpful info here.
    I’m sending it to some buddies ans also sharing
    in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!

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