For the first time in decades, hunger is on the rise. Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative hosted a Spring Benefit at Hillside Country Club. The support locally was overwhelming, raising over $26,000.

This event featured a show with local comedian Candace Sallale. Our auctioneer was Tim Sullivan. Event sponsors were Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic and Larson Tool & Stamping Company. Mansfield Bank provided sponsorship for the grand raffle. Dinner sponsors were Janet & Jim Richardi and The Sullivan Family. Media sponsors were DoubleACS and The Sun Chronicle.

We were so grateful to Dyer-Lake Funeral Home and the talented Lizbeth Anderson who created the event flyers and program book. Brian Downey provided tech in-kind sponsorship. Event volunteers were Darchelle Clark, Rachel Davignon, Joshua Davignon, Kathy Jaaskelainin and Laura Nichols. Many others contributed, such as:

Business Advertisers – Attleboro Collision Center; Boston Harbor Wealth Advisors; Casey Law Offices, P.C.; Castro, Thresher, & Oliveira PC; Collins, Smith & O’Connor LLP; Depco Enterprises, Inc.; Rika Denshi America, Inc. and Technical Support International.

Houses of Worship Advertisers – All Saints’ Episcopal Church; Central Congregational Church; Congregation Agudas Achim; First Church of Christ, Scientist; First Congregational Church; Grace Episcopal Church; John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church; Murray Unitarian Universalist Church; Second Congregational Church; St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John the Evangelist Church.

Donation of Silent Auction Items – Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro Jewelers, Bishop Feehan, Blackinton Inn, Blackstone River Theater, Blazejewski Family, Capron Park Zoo, The Chieftain Pub, Christakos Family, Ciancarelli Family, Veronica Clark, Corso Family, Creative Sewing Studio, Fitzy’s Pub, Footworks, Irene Frechette, Sharon Friedman, Phillip Frink, Hilliards, Hillside Country Club, Innovo Benefits Group, Jimmy’s Pub, Mansfield True Value Hardware Store, MMAS Black Box Theater, Papagallo’s, Quinn Family, Janet Richardi, Rhythm Room Salon Sparrow, Santoro Family, Sullivan Family, Louise Sullivan, Tatutina, Town Wine and Spirits, Trinity Rep and White’s Music.

Donation of Live Auction Items – Roy Belcher & Bertha Young, Ciancarelli Family, Coleman Family, Mayor Paul Heroux, Lorri Inglis, Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Llamas Family, Manley Family, Charlie & Wendy Oliver, Second Congregational Church, Sullivan Family and Marcia & Glen Weidner.

The event committee included chairwoman Ellen Healey Sullivan, Adrianna Clark, Taryn Degon, Charlie Oliver, Lisa Piscatelli, Janet Richardi and Pam Tarallo.Thank you to the board of directors for all their support.

AAIC is the leading agency in the region for providing emergency meals through our Food n’ Friends Program. Last year we served 22,414 hot meals to low-income/food insecure individuals. In addition, we served 4,462 bagged lunches in the summer to children in Attleboro and North Attleboro. This year, the Kids Summer Café is expanding to serve youth in Norton.

Thanks to the core of Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative volunteers, who continue to give tirelessly of their time and hearts to plan, prepare, feed and care for all our beloved guests at Daily Kitchens, Family Cafés and Summer Kids Cafés.

Ten percent of households in Massachusetts face food insecurity. A special thank you to all those that attended and participated with the event, “Hunger to Hope.” Your support is ever so vital and valued!

Lisa Piscatelli, Executive Director

Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative