Alumni Second Helping Event Is May 6
By Reid Oslin
Gourmet food, exclusive auction items and a musical performance by the James Montgomery Blues Band will highlight the Boston College Alumni Association's "Second Helping Gala" to be held the evening of Friday, May 6, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Now in its 17th year, Second Helping is a partnership between the Alumni Association and the Greater Boston Food Bank that has raised more than $1.7 million to collect and distribute surplus and donated food to needy families and senior citizens in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Last year's food sampling and auction raised more than $165,000, according to Alumni Association Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82, and she's hoping that this year's lineup of tasty cuisine and unusual auction items will help generate even more support.
"It's an evening to enjoy great food, a fun auction and some terrific entertainment," said Regan. "But, most of all it is a tremendous opportunity for Boston College alumni to lend their support to a meaningful effort in support of people at risk of hunger in our own communities.
"For every dollar that is donated, the Food Bank can distribute two meals to those who are hungry," she added. "Over the past five years, Second Helping has distributed over 1.8 million pounds of restaurant quality food to hunger-relief agencies in the area."
Restaurants and caterers providing samples of their favorite menu items include the Boston College Dining Service, The Capital Grille, Hibachi Steak House, Milk Street Cafe, the Sheraton-Needham Hotel's "Bullards" dining room and many others.
Among the prizes on the auction block this year will be a private jet trip for eight to a Yankees-Red Sox game in New York; an opportunity to join WTKK-FM's Mike Barnicle on one of his daily two-hour radio talk shows; and lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel with The Boston Herald's "Inside Track" columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa.
Co-chairs for the event are past Alumni Association President John J. Griffin Jr. '65 and Mary Margaret Griffin.
Tickets for the gala are $100 apiece and are available through Above Par Events, at (508)358-2730.