The organizers of Tuesday night's Seats for Eats at the Colden Fire Company banquet hall told me they actually had to turn people away because they had reached maximum capacity.  They're already planning ahead to next year trying to figure out where to put all the people.

It was an incredible outpouring of love and support for the Bread of Life Outreach Center that provides so many important services for people in need in the Southtowns.  The Outreach Center served over 1200 households and 3100 individuals last year, provided filled backpacks for school-age children, served Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and provided coats, boots, hats, mittens and Christmas gifts for dozens of families who needed them.

How does the Bread of Life Outreach Center do it?  It's from generous donations and events like Seats for Eats.  The Seats were beautifully painted and decorated chairs that went to the highest bidder.  A live auction included date night dinner and hotel stay packages plus a Thurman Thomas autographed football.  A mystery wine table included some great bottles of wine and a chance for a beautiful wine basket.  And yet another drawing was for a wheel barrow of cheer, enough to have all kinds of great summer parties with.

And thanks to all of the restaurants that provided generous samples of some of their favorite menu items with the help of local celebrity chefs including Gail Ann Huber, Buddy Shula and Sal Capaccio.  Thanks to:

  • Colden Mill
  • Buffalo's Best Grill
  • Old Orchard Inn
  • Colden Market and Café
  • Colden Country Inn
  • Chef's Restaurant
  • My Tomato Pie
  • 42 North Brewing Company
  • Johnson Estate Winery
  • Hamburg Brewing Company
  • and Hoak's Restaurant

I was honored to have been asked to host Seats for Eats.  The parking lot of the Colden Fire Company was packed 15 minutes before the event even began.  And congratulations to the organizers for putting together a great event in its very first year.  The only thing they didn't anticipate was that so many people would want to be there.  They'll have that figured out in time for next year.

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