On a chilly evening in early November, people gathered in the barrel room of the newly opened Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry, New York. The purpose of the evening wasn’t just to enjoy a chef-prepared meal featuring local foods and wines, but to raise funds to provide hope to the world’s hungry people.
Hosted by our New York Growing Project, the event was a major success with 95 enthusiastic attendees enjoying dinner and learning more about our mission to reduce world hunger through agricultural training. By the end of the evening, the group had raised $10,000 with a profit of $6,700 — enough to help 24 families break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
“As the founder of the New York Growing Project, I am pleased that the committee wanted to do more than just ask people for money,” says Diane Connman. “We wanted to make it fun as we told the story of why we support Growing Hope Globally and specifically the programs in Guatemala, the home of many our dairy employees.”