ANDY’S 16TH ANNUAL FAMILY PASTA DINNER RAISES OVER $200,000 FOR LIFENET4FAMILIES
Andy’s 16th Annual Family Pasta Dinner raised over $200,000 for LifeNet4Families, an organization dedicated to providing necessary food, ancillary services and referrals to those in need in Broward County. More than 800 guests attended the dinner on Sunday, February 25th at the Signature Grand in Davie.
During the event, LifeNet4Families President/CEO Melanie Geddes spoke about LifeNet4Families vital services and told an inspirational story about their own client and staff member who had faced health issues and unemployment, but was able to get back on his feet with the help of LifeNet4Families. The organization connected this man to the resources he needed to support his family during this hardship and prepared him for future employment opportunities.
Each year, Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner recognizes Honorary Chefs for their efforts to better the South Florida community. The 2018 Honorary Chefs are Marty Basson, Basson Family Foundation; Fran Eppy, The Eppy Group; Ruth Friedlander, Community Volunteer; Joe Goldstein, Shutts & Bowen; Jeannie Hudson, Hudson Family Foundation; Ira Jaffe, EventNetUSA; Brick Kerge, MOD Pizza Florida; Dara Levan, Every Soul Has a Story; Tony Segreto, Consultant, Ambassador, Speaker; and Ray Titus, United Franchise Group.
In addition to recognizing the Honorary Chefs, the dinner also recognized Junior Chefs, South Florida youths who have achieved accomplishments in fundraising, community service and leadership. The Junior Chef component aims to promote family bonding by providing substantive activities for kids teaching them the importance of giving back to the community. Led by Carrie and Ken Weissenfeld, the Junior Chefs raised more than $65,000 this year.
Andy’s 16th Annual Family Pasta Dinner featured both silent and live auctions that contributed to the event’s impressive fundraising total. Guests were also treated to an Italian-style pasta dinner. Event sponsors include Allied Kitchen & Bath, BBX Capital, Frontpoint Security, Hoffman’s Chocolates, MOD Pizza, Kip Hunter Marketing, La Croix Water, Signature Grand, Transworld Business Advisors, JM Family Enterprises, The Eppy Group, Friedlander Group at Morgan Stanley, OK Generators, Kaufman Rossin, Consolidated Credit & Debt.com, Sign-a-Rama, Flying Chimp Media, Hudson Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs, South Florida Business and Wealth, Lifestyle Media Group, Wolfer & Company, Knight Insurance, Basson Family Foundation, IPDATATEL, Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, Pinnacle Healthcare System, GPP Enterprises, Steven Douglas, The Door Factory, WSVN, Katz Barron Squitero, Faust, Bank of America, MBAF, Oak Hill, Susan and Joel Martin, Kathleen Thomsen, Scott May, St. Anthony’s Church and Insight Institute.
About Andy’s Pasta Dinner
Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner has raised an excess of $1 million for LifeNet4Families for the past 16 years and has provided more than 1,000,000 meals to food insecure individuals and families in Broward County. In 2018, over 800 individuals and families attended the event, raising over $200,000. For more information, please visit www.andyspastadinner.com.
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