Celebrating the Success of our Garden Gala

3 Oct

This was our 4th annual fundraiser and we were BLOWN AWAY by the support and passion our community exhibited! Although we anticipated greater numbers than last year, we did not (as you could see by the lines down the street) anticipate this amazing groundswell of attendance and support!

We had a goal this year of raising $75K. With the generosity of our community, and their belief in the Green Plate Special mission and the vision we share of a healthier community and environment, we far surpassed our goal! Together with our guests, Board of Directors and our sponsors, PCC Community Markets, Stoel Rives LLP and Caffe Vita, we raised $125K in support of Green Plate Special’s gardening and cooking programs! This money will go to support scholarships, making it possible for us to open our garden gate and kitchen door to any youth who would like to walk through them.

Photos by John Lok

“When I first came here I didn’t like arugula, but now I do. That’s what I like about Green Plate Special –that my taste buds change and I can eat more stuff.” – Rosario, age 12

“Thank you for inviting us without payment, surely something to highlight our summer, Sumehya is counting the days!” – Mother from Odessa Brown Clinic, GPS summer camp
“I would plant seeds and vegetables again someday because it’s fun to cook and eat food that you helped grow!” – Ronan, age 10