On October 12th, wind, rain, and cloudy skies cleared just in time for a lunchtime event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank. The event also served as the kickoff to the annual United Way Campaign. Hundreds gathered at the Food Bank in New London to honor Gemma and her dream of never letting anyone go to bed hungry. Click here to view a slide show on our website.
Rodney Butler (at left), Chair of United Way's Board of Directors and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and interim CEO of Foxwoods, emceed the event and presented Gemma with flowers. Speakers included Representative Joe Courtney and Bernie Beaudreau, CEO of Connecticut Food Bank. United Way Campaign Co-chairs Nadine McBride, publisher of The Bulletin, and Bill Louis, president of the MDA-UAW Local 571, helped kick off the campaign effort and announced a goal of raising 2% more than last year. State Senators Cathy Osten and Paul Formica presented a proclamation in honor of the milestone.
Guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch and were offered ongoing tours of the Food Bank's warehouse. Of course, photos could be taken with the famous Live United scarecrow! And finally, it was announced that the program's name has changed to a Food Bank from Food Center.
If you would like to help the Food Bank continue its vital work of helping families facing hunger, consider a gift of $30 in honor of 30 years. Simply text the word GEMMA to 41444 to donate today!
The event was sponsored by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, one of the very first partners in establishing the Food Bank, so that no donor dollars were used.
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