Whenever you gather 600 people in support of an event, you know you are going to have an impact. At this year’s Empty Plate Dinner, the Greater Lansing Food Bank did exactly that. On Thursday evening, May 13, it hosted the Fourth Annual Empty Plate Dinner at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
What a fun evening! It’s not often that you get to experience the best that Lansing has to offer — the food was absolutely outstanding. The room was filled with the who’s who of the Lansing area: private business, politicians and community leaders. The food booths, all from our community’s best restaurants, provided samples of their top cuisine. Not only were the food and beverages fabulous, but it was all donated. Each and every restaurant wanted to give back to a community that has given so much to them.
Now add a great silent auction including everything from signed MSU items, getaways to Chicago; golf packages and my favorite, jewelry! Of course, the silent auction was complemented with an outstanding live auction. Toss in a table of “plates” signed by celebrities including Willie Nelson, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Miller and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. I have never seen such a fun assortment. Did I bid, you ask? Of course!
We all know that times have been difficult in Michigan. Many of our neighbors, co-workers and families have been affected by the economy. Fortunately, in the Lansing community, we have the Greater Lansing Food Bank. This dedicated group of community volunteers works tirelessly to ensure that our community can provide for those who most desperately need help. Cheryl Wald, chair of the Greater Lansing Food Band board, told me that all the proceeds of the evening’s event go directly back to the Food Bank. This year’s Empty Plate event raised $200,000, approximately a 9 percent increase over last year’s event.
If you or your employer missed the opportunity to support this year’s Empty Plate event, I hope that you will take the opportunity to get involved in it next year or consider making a donation at www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org.