Dance raises record $100K for Healdsburg Pantry
Organizers of the Healdsburg Food Pantry’s 10th Annual Square Dance and auction say the event was its most successful fundraiser ever, raising $100,000 for the not-for-profit.
The Pantry, which has an annual operating budget of $150,000, provides food staples, clothing and other services to needy families in Healdsburg and Geyserville and is an all-volunteer organization.
“Thanks again to your well-timed article, and the nationwide awareness to the need of our working poor, our turnout was incredible,” said Susan Graf, of Susan Graf Ltd, a local specialty clothing shop, and chief organizer of the event. “The energy last Saturday night was electric.”
Graf said she was grateful for all the volunteers that helped to set up and run the dance, which was held Nov. 3 at the Villa Chanticleer and included a western dinner by KR Catering, an auction, wines by Toad Hollow Vineyards, music by Manzanita Moon and a square dance called by Steve Minkin.
Graf says she was especially thankful to Jenny and Ray Crawford from Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch and Kenny Pacada from Healdsburg Flower who provided the decorations.
The event is the biggest fundraiser the Pantry puts on each year and takes many months to plan. But, she said, it was more than worth it.
“I was at church on Sunday after a big Saturday night fundraiser, pooped but energized,” said Graf. “The priest’s sermon was on the major commandment “love thy neighbor”. I sat there and smiled knowing that our community looks after its own.”
For more information about volunteering or making a donation, contact the pantry through its website: http://www.healdsburgfoodpantry.org/index.cfm