Cubs legend and Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins presented a check for $2,100 to St. Mary’s Development Officer Christina Calio during Monday’s baseball game at Mesa’s HohoKam Park. The money was raised for St. Mary’s and several other Valley Charities through the third annual “Fergie & Friends” Celebrity Baseball Game on Mar. 17. Jenkins also signed a baseball that will be part of the silent auction at the 9th annual Albertson’s Kids Cafe Open golf event at the Wigwam resort on Friday, April 16. For more information, look for the golf ball on the homepage at www.firstfoodbank.org.
A beautiful night for an auction. A spanning of generations. A gift for old and young. Art from the Heart!
The Madison Retirement Community in Sun City West wanted to help children in need. Hungry children. How does one do that in an exciting way? What organization has a program to feed hungry children? St. Mary’s Food Bank Kid’s Cafe Program was there answer. The program provides after school meals to children across the Valley who are in need. The meals are prepared each day by senior volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Alliance’s Westside facility.
Older generation extending their hearts to the youngest.
How could one help Kid’s cafe and get the message of “Heart” across? The Madison decided to hold an auction.
An auction of artwork provided by the children who are receiving Kid’s Cafe meals. The artwork depicts their hopes and dreams of the future.
My heart was taken when I felt the joy of one of the seniors when she purchased on of the pictures. Carolyn, a vibrant soul, was ecstatic because she had won the bid on a picture of a veterinary hospital that one young girl had created. Carolyn’s daughter owns five veterinary clinics in New York City and will be receiving this picture as a gift from Carolyn. Hope and joy for three generations! Many fine pieces of hope from aspiring children helped raise money for the Kid’s Cafe Program!
A special shout out to The Madison for an inspiring idea, especially Crystal McRae, the sales/marketing director who helped coordinate the event and Jim and Brigitta Augustine, Managers of The Madison who hosted the unique benefit. Thank you to Peter Piper Pizza who donated pizza prize packs for the students. Kid’s Cafe Queens Laura Brill and Jessica Herrera coordinated the art projects from all the different sites. Hats off to VP of Development Jack Marks and his wife Lois attended and spoke at the event and Business Development Officer Christina Calio championed this event with her enthusiasm to spread the word and get the community rallied behind local businesses for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
How can helping others inspire you? What can you do to bring the generations together and help others in need? The ideas are endless and putting them in action is a community effort worth the sweat equity. If you have an idea you want to put into action, contact us today.
Elizabeth Wunsch, Volunteer (Super) Woman
p.s. For more information on Kid’s Cafe, click this link.