The program, founded in 1989 as a joint project between the Boston College Alumni Association and the Greater Boston Food Bank, annually collects and distributes more than 276,000 pounds of unused perishable food from restaurants, hotels and other institutions. This food provides some 200,000 meals each year to 23 emergency feeding programs throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
"The Second Helping Program is really an extension of who we are as Boston College alumni," said Alumni Association Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan. "It is the leadership and service that is such an important part of our mission as a Jesuit University."
More than 20 of the Boston area's leading restaurants, including the Boston College Club, Kowloon's, the Linwood Grille and Bomboa, provided food for the fund-raiser, which drew a record attendance for the event.
The program also included live and silent auctions for such items as luncheons with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Herald "Inside Track" columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa, a weekend stay at Cape Cod's Ocean Edge resort, and various sports memorabilia and tickets.
The grand raffle prize, a five-day trip to Bermuda, was won by Angela Anderson '76 of Boston.
This is the 14th year that the Second Helping fund-raiser has been held at Fenway Park and Regan said she hopes the new owners of the Red Sox will continue their support of the BC-sponsored food distribution program.
"This is a wonderful tie-in to the community," she said. "It's a win-win situation for everybody involved. How much better can you get?"
Regan said the Greater Boston Food Bank plans to expand the Second Helping Program into Bristol and Worcester counties in the next year. "We are very proud of this program and what it has been able to accomplish," she said. "It has become a model for other communities and colleges across the country."
This year's Second Helping drive received corporate support from Fidelity Investments, Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Compaq Computers, Copley Place and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
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