Community Table Dinner selects event beneficiaries

Apr 18, 2024 at 01:27 pm by Observer-Review

Community Table dinner
PENN YAN–The Community Table Committee has announced that The Living Well and Our Town Rocks have been chosen as the beneficiaries for the 2024 Community Table Dinner fundraiser. The Committee felt that choosing both organizations to share the proceeds would have a larger impact on Yates County as a whole.
The Living Well is a community and grant-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency assistance for food, personal hygiene, and household cleaning necessities; utilities; referral services; peer support for loss and those living with cancer, and youth programming, located in Penn Yan.
Their youth engagement programs have expanded to include Imagination Station, a program for kids 3-5 years old who attend programming with their parents once a week, Learning Pods which enhance homeschooling kids ages 6-11, and Dream Catchers is an afterschool program for kids ages 10-14 that runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Penn Yan, and Tuesday and Thursday in Dundee.
“We are excited to be able to highlight the programming we do to provide food in our community,” said Sandi Perl, executive director of the Living Well. “We service Grab N Go meals four times a week and feed all the kids at our Dream Catchers afterschool programs.”
Our Town Rocks was founded in 2010 by a group of community members who recognized a need for more support services in the area. Their mission is to preserve and improve the physical, social and economic health of the Barrington, Starkey, and Dundee, while supporting neighborhood self-reliance, and enhancing the quality of life for the 5,000+ residents through community-based problem-solving, neighborhood-oriented services and public and private cooperation.
While organized by Our Town Rocks, six community groups will benefit from this fundraiser. Team Charlie, Dundee Food Pantry, Dundee United Fund, Dundee Rotary, Dundee Fresh Grocery and Our Town Rocks will share equally in the benefits. This fundraiser will allow Team Charlie to add one or two new families to their extensive Christmas list, jump-start the Dundee United Fund campaign, Dundee Food Pantry can offer extra food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Dundee Rotary can add to their Dundee Central School Scholarship Fund, Dundee Fresh Grocery can offer more fresh produce, and Our Town Rocks can add to their Touch of Christmas winter-wear offerings.
Caryl Sutterby, coordinator at Our Town Rocks, said “We are excited for the opportunity to share with all of Yates County the inspiring efforts of our volunteer organization as they strive each day to build community.”
The 2024 Community Table Dinner fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 on the Main Street Bridge in Penn Yan. Attendees can indulge in the delectable flavors of the Finger Lakes region, prepared by a team of local chefs. The culinary experience will be complemented by a selection of local wines and craft beers.
The unique setting of the event on the Main Street Bridge offers attendees an outdoor dining experience with panoramic views overlooking the Keuka Outlet trailhead in Penn Yan. As an event with limited seating, tickets for the Community Table Dinner will go on sale starting Aug. 1. Individual tickets will be available for $150 each, while a sponsored table of eight can be purchased for $2,000, which includes priority group seating and a bottle of sparkling wine.
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