A Super Setting for Second Helping Gala
By Reid Oslin
Boston College alumni and friends will serve up a Super Bowl-sized portion of assistance to the Boston area's neediest citizens at the 16th annual Second Helping Gala on Saturday, April 3, at the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The gourmet food extravaganza and live and silent auctions last year raised $165,000 for the Greater Boston Food Bank's Second Helping Program. Boston College Alumni Association Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82 said she expects more than 600 alumni and friends to attend this year's festivities in the stadium's posh Fidelity Investments Clubhouse and organizers hope to top last year's contribution.
"As alumni, we have always tried to do some things that would impact the entire greater Boston community," Regan said. "The Food Bank's goals align with Boston College's goals: helping people to help themselves and being men and women for others."
Second Helping recovers untouched perishable food from hotels, restaurants, school and corporate cafeterias to feed the hungry in shelters and soup kitchens throughout the Greater Boston area. Last year nearly 240,000 pounds of food that otherwise would have been wasted was turned into 184,000 nutritious meals for needy area residents.
This year's Second Helping gala will feature a buffet of food donated by some of the region's top restaurants and caterers, including the Boston College Dining Services.
More than 100 auction items have been donated, including prime tickets, transportation and accommodations to the Boston Red Sox' opening day game at Baltimore's Camden Yards; a golf outing with BC football coach Tom O'Brien; a week-long summer vacation at the Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride, Colo.; and an autographed book and lunch with Boston's famed mystery writer Dennis Lehane. Dozens of sports, arts and entertainment, vacation and "one-of-a-kind" items will be offered.
Additional information and tickets are available at the Second Helping Web site.