Food for Thought 2014
ACHIEVEability's Food for Thought 2014, with Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank, was a great success, thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors, guests, committee members, donors, featured chefs and restaurants, board members, staff and volunteers who came to this event hosted on Saturday, March 22nd, by Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard. Food for Thought 2014 raised nearly $270,000 in gross revenue for the families and the West Philadelphia community that we serve.
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Our over 500 guests were tantalized by flavors such as those of pizza al taglio (with asparagus, mint and ricotta), crispy pork belly (with pickled burdock and apple), ahi tuna bruschetta (with avocado, grapefruit and micro-cilantro sesame lime crème), artisan chocolates and ice cream, and the best crab cakes in town - as they learned more about ACHIEVEability programs, families, and our impact in the community. Proceeds from the event will support our work in breaking the generational cycle of poverty, such as for the families of our 12 most recent college graduates, who were recognized at this year's event.
During this "party with a purpose," our Food for Thought guests also got to share their words of encouragement for ACHIEVEability families as they posted notes on our ACHIEVEability Stars inspiration board. Hopeful words shared by our guests include, "You are a star...don't forget to dream," and "You make me and the whole city proud. Keep dreaming and achieving!" Food for Thought is a premier Philadelphia event, attracting many individuals and companies who are committed to helping support stronger families and communities in the Philadelphia area. ACHIEVEability is truly grateful to have the support of our committed event sponsors and attendees. Sponsors for Food for Thought 2014 include Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank, Urban Outfitters, PECO, Littler Mendelson, Jes and Mary Ann Lawson, Higgins Group, Morgan Lewis, Stradley Ronon, Omni Hotel at Independence Park, Wells Fargo and Grant Thornton.
In attendance was PNC Community Development Banking Vice President Kafi Lindsay who says that their organization is a proud supporter of Food for Thought 2014. "Together, we can empower families to achieve self-sufficiency". Other guests at this year's event included Pennsylvania State Treasurer and former ACHIEVEability board member Rob McCord, Philadelphia Managing Director and Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin, Philadelphia First Deputy City Controller Bill Rubin and Pennsylvania State Representative Ronald Waters. In addition, newly crowned Miss Philadelphia Diamond Edmonds was in attendance for her first major public appearance.
Food for Thought featured many of Philadelphia's top chefs and restaurants who served delectable tasting portions of their signature dishes. Chefs and restaurants for this year's event included Joey Baldino of Zeppoli, Nathan Johnson of Garces Trading Company, Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, Chip Roman & Fred Ortega of Tradestone Confections, Brad Spence of Pizzeria Vetri, Peter Woolsey & Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette, Shake Shack, Weyerbacher Brewing Company and many more. In addition, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse treated our distinguished VIP guests to their signature drink and tasty dishes in the VIP Lounge.
In addition to savoring the amazing food, guests of Food for Thought were entertained by bidding on an assortment of unique auction items, enjoying the live music provided by EBE, and participating in fun games including Wine and Beer Toss and Facebooth Photo.