Saturday, May 5, 2018

Market at the Food Bank 2018

Approximately 1,100 attendees gathered last Sunday for the 2018 Market at the Food Bank to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign. Sadly, I ended up not being one of them. My parents were visiting and we snagged Cavs' Game 7 tickets. I immediately wondered if I could swing both, but I just couldn't miss the opportunity! What a nail-biter it was, but thrilling to be there in the crowd as the Cavs took home the final win needed to advance. But, we got home around 5PM, and Mr. H and my parents immediately crawled into bed for a "20 minute" nap. I saw them 2.5 hours later, and well after Market at the Food Bank had started. I barely had enough energy myself, so I certainly wasn't pounding on the bedroom door to wake them up, so I lamely kept up with fun event photos and video on social media and watched the silent auction bidding through Gesture from my couch.

Attendees may come for the food (50+ restaurants and beverage purveyors)...
...and wine (and beer)...
...but they are truly there to raise important funds for the Campaign. The Food Bank had set a goal of raising $334,000, and they were able to exceed that fundraising goal!
I did my part by remotely bidding on a couple of auction packages, and ended up winning a Sushi and Lobster Dinner for 6 Guests at Pearl of the Orient. Who's coming with me?
I've only missed one other Market at the Food Bank event since I moved here 10 years ago, so I was sorry to skip out. But, man, that Cavs' game! Worth it, this time. But I won't next year, and you shouldn't either.

Disclosure: I was provided with four tickets to the event in exchange for hosting a giveaway and posting a review of the event. I am a former employee of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. All opinions stated are 100% my own. All images provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.