Thank you to everyone who came out to our 20th annual Feed the Hungry Gala on Friday night! It was truly a spectacular evening. We were able to raise nearly $385,000 to support Interfaith’s programs, including the food pantry, New Directions Counseling Center and HomeSafe.

Scroll down for lots and lots of pictures from the event!

We kicked things off months ago (February, in fact!) as our gala committee worked tirelessly to plan the event, secure sponsorships and organize the auctions.

The 2017 Feed the Hungry Gala committee.

The 2017 Feed the Hungry Gala committee. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

We were thrilled to learn in October that Walmart, an annual gala donor since 2014, would be raising their donation amount to $70,000 for our 70th anniversary! (Read more about this wonderful contribution here at massnonprofitnews.) Walmart joined Arbella Insurance Foundation and JetBlue Vacations as the lead sponsors of the event.

Ally Donnelly, NBC Boston and gala co-chair, with Robin Organ and Chris Buchanan, Director of Public Affairs & State & Local Government Relations for Walmart.

Ally Donnelly, NBC Boston and gala co-chair, with Robin Organ and Chris Buchanan, Director of Public Affairs & State & Local Government Relations for Walmart. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Our morning kicked off bright and early Dec. 8, as the venue, Granite Links Golf Club, began to transform into a red and white, winter-themed wonderland. Our friends at Fruit Center Marketplace once again set up their spectacular produce display in the rotunda. Best of all, the gorgeous fruit and veggies in the display were later sent back to Interfaith to distribute to our food pantry clients!

Michael Dwyer, Ryan Keyes & Joe Sullivan, from Fruit Center Marketplace spent hours setting up this amazing display.

Michael Dwyer, Ryan Keyes & Joe Sullivan, from Fruit Center Marketplace spent hours setting up this amazing display. Photo by Jennifer Sammons.

Detail of the Fruit Center Marketplace display, all of which was donated to Interfaith's food pantry after the event.

Detail of the Fruit Center Marketplace display, all of which was donated to Interfaith’s food pantry after the event. Photo by Jennifer Sammons.

A group of wonderful corporate volunteers from Arbella spent the morning hauling supplies to the venue, constructing Arbella/JetBlue swag bags and jumping in wherever needed. Thank you, Team Arbella!

Arbella volunteers (in green shirts) and Paula Daniels, Interfaith's Development Director, on the morning of the event.

Arbella volunteers (in green shirts) and Paula Daniels, Interfaith’s Development Director, on the morning of the event. Photo by Jenn Reale.

The Arbella/JetBlue swag bags contained goodies from J.P. Licks, Freeman Dental, Coola Suncare, KIND Snacks, Trimino and more.

The Arbella/JetBlue swag bags contained goodies from J.P. Licks, Freeman Dental, Coola Suncare, KIND Snacks, Trimino, Nature’s Path and more. Photo by Jenn Reale.

Our silent auction table, with nearly 40 fabulous packages, was assembled. From Disney vacations to sports tickets to foodie getaways, the packages this year were even more impressive than in years past.

The silent auction table.

The silent auction table. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Attendees could bid on a Celtics package including game tickets and a ball signed by the 2017/2018 team.

Attendees could bid on a Celtics package including game tickets and a ball signed by the 2017/2018 team. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Later in the evening guests used mobile bidding to try to win packages. Congratulations to all our package winners!

A guest browses (and hopefully bids on!) the silent auction items.

John Terrio browses (and hopefully bids on!) the silent auction items. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Meanwhile, chefs from The Quarry, The Townshend, Alma Nove, The Corner Stop, The Range, Island Creek Oysters, JP Fuji Group and Granite Links began setting up for the chef dine around.

The Townshend team.

The Townshend team made a Farmers Ragu of Wild Mushrooms, Parmesan and Fine Herbs on Crostini. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Alma Nove.

Alma Nove prepared Truffled Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Granite Links.

Granite Links offered Braised House-Cured Bacon, Chipotle Cider Glaze, Sweet Potato Puree, and Crisp Brussels Sprouts & Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken, Provolone, Wild Mushroom Madeira, Parmesan Risotto. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Island Creek Oysters

Island Creek Oysters brought their boat full of raw oysters. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

The Quarry

The Quarry prepared Crispy Mushroom Arancini with Smoked Tomato and Black Garlic Aioli. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Joined by beverages from Bin Ends Wine, Boston Harbor Distillery, Bradford Distillery, Mayflower Brewing, Simpson Springs, Samuel Adams and Bully Boy Distillers, there was quite a variety of tasty food and drinks for our guests to enjoy!

Simpson Spring

Simpson Springs had tastings of Craft Soda and 100% Natural Spring Water. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Boston Harbor Distillery

Boston Harbor Distillery offered a Maple Cream Liqueur as well as tastings of their spirits. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Montilio’s wheeled in their six-tiered vanilla and chocolate cake, later to be joined by desserts from Fratelli’s, Sadie Mae’s Cupcakes and beverages from Coffee Break Cafe.

Paula Daniels and I with the awesome cake from Montilio's.

Paula Daniels and I with the awesome cake from Montilio’s. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Sadie Mae's chocolate peppermint cupcakes.

Sadie Mae’s chocolate peppermint cupcakes. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

As the evening began, guests entered to see decorated trees from Kennedy’s Country Gardens before they approached check in.

Decorated trees from Kennedy's Country Gardens

Decorated trees from Kennedy’s Country Gardens. Photo by Jennifer Sammons.

Registration volunteers

Registration volunteers. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

They enjoyed a Winter Cosmo welcome cocktail from Bradford Distillery before moving on to try their hand at the Wheel of Chance.

As guests roamed about the room, they had opportunities to play games, including wine ring toss, the snowball toss, putting for a hole-in-one and our new addition, Plinko.

Ron Collins (snowman suit), an Interfaith volunteer , watches as guest Barbara Pyne tries out the Snowball Toss game.

Ron Collins (snowman suit), an Interfaith volunteer, watches as guest Barbara Pyne tries out the Snowball Toss game. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

The Hole-In-One game.

Molly Fabiano tries out the Hole-In-One game. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Interfaith volunteer Robert Slack poses with our new Plinko board, constructed in-house by board member Ed Kelly.

Interfaith volunteer Robert Slack poses with our new Plinko board, constructed in-house by board member Ed Kelly. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Board member Linda Blais, left, volunteered at the Wine Ring Toss station. Guest Amy Ledwell gives it a try as guest Chili Salazar looks on.

Board member Linda Blais, left, volunteered at the Wine Ring Toss station. Guest Amy Ledwell gives it a try as Chili Salazar looks on. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Food pantry manager Eileen Kelly, right, chats with guests at the Giving Tree, a station where guests could purchase an ornament which in turn provides holiday gifts for children of Interfaith's food pantry clients.

Food pantry manager Eileen Kelly, right, chats with guests at the Giving Tree, a station where guests could purchase an ornament which in turn provides holiday gifts for children of Interfaith’s food pantry clients. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

As the program began, guests took their seats and were welcomed by our gracious emcee, Latoyia Edwards from NBC Boston. Our gala committee chairs, Ally Donnelly of NBC Boston and Donna Mavromates of MavroCreative, briefly spoke, followed by our main sponsors: Beverly Tangvik of Arbella and Chis Buchanan of Walmart.

“We continually seek organizations that will utilize the financial support we give them in thoughtful, responsible and impactful ways,” Arbella’s Beverly Tangvik said. “With Interfaith, we can be confident in knowing that our funds will be used in this spirit. Interfaith also supports one of Arbella’s core values – citizenship. It is the volunteer organization of choice by many Arbella employees and after a day of service, volunteers truly feel like they have made a difference.”

Our event emcee, Latoyia Edwards of NBC Boston.

Our event emcee, Latoyia Edwards of NBC Boston. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Gala co-chairs, Donna Mavromates, left, and Ally Donnelly.

Gala co-chairs, Donna Mavromates, left, and Ally Donnelly. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Beverly Tangvik of Arbella.

Beverly Tangvik of Arbella. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Chris Buchanan of Walmart. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Chris Buchanan of Walmart. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Then our live auction kicked off! Packages this year included a backyard makeover, trip to Universal Studios Florida, a JetBlue Turks & Caicos vacation, premium Patriots tickets and a farm-to-table dinner for 20.

Guest John Tallarida holds up his paddle during the auction.

Guest John Tallarida holds up his paddle during the auction. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Guest Matt Donnelly raises his paddle during the live auction.

Guest Matt Donnelly raises his paddle during the live auction. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Our Executive Director, Rick Doane, spoke about Interfaith’s missions and played a video recorded by Jill, one of Interfaith’s clients.

Interfaith's Executive Director Rick Doane.

Interfaith’s Executive Director Rick Doane. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Jill and Anaiya

Jill and Anaiya

Meet Jill: Jill works full time as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. She lives here on the South Shore. She is a loving mom and daughter. Her mother is retired and lives with Jill to help provide child-care for two year-old Anaiya. Recently, Jill and her husband filed for divorce. Her husband moved out of Massachusetts and is not providing any child support. Struggling to provide for her daughter, her mother and herself, Jill turned to Interfaith Social Services for help.

(Watch Jill’s video.)

Jill’s story is one of thousands. Thousands of children and families, like Jill and Anaiya’s, need a hand up during difficult times in their lives. Thanks to the assistance that they received from Interfaith, Jill’s family has food, diapers, Christmas gifts, counseling services and much more. And this assistance comes from the support we receive from events like the gala. It was moving to see the generosity of our attendees as they pledged their hard-earned money to support our missions during the Fund the Need.

Attendees watch Jill's video message.

Attendees watch Jill’s video message. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Guests pledge donations to the Fund the Need.

Ron Collins, Jim McDonough and Katie Cutler pledge donations to the Fund the Need. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

The program ended as we honored Bob Taylor, former director of Interfaith and this year’s Community Hero. Bob was the Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services from 1967–1994. Then he retired….Until 2001 when he came back again and was director for another three years. He then continued to see clients for more than a decade.

The Community Hero of the Year award is presented to someone each year who inspires others through selfless service and Bob definitely meets that criteria!

Community Hero of the Year, Bob Taylor.

Community Hero of the Year, Bob Taylor. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

The evening ended with more music, dessert and dancing. We would love to see you at the gala next year! Get your tickets early!

Take a look at more photos below and browse our gallery on Facebook.

George Burke and guest.

George Burke and guest. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Amilcar and Michelle Cardoso. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Kara Bianchi, Victoria Souza and Amanda Kennedy. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Gala co-chair Donna Mavromates with John and Molly Fabiano. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Gala co-chair Donna Mavromates with John and Molly Fabiano. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Cynthia Simonides and Donna Mavromates. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Cynthia Simonides and Donna Mavromates. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Glenn Marshall and gala co-chair Ally Donnelly. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Glenn Marshall and gala co-chair Ally Donnelly. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Jennifer and Adam Chu. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Jennifer and Adam Chu. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Katie and Jay Catlender. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Katie and Jay Catlender. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Linda Blais and Matt Witkowski manned the Wine Toss game. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Linda Blais and Matt Witkowski manned the Wine Toss game. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

John Hajjar and his team from Foxcroft. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

John Hajjar and his team from Foxcroft. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

A Hole-In-One game winner with our Food Pantry Driver, Geoff Bowen. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

A Hole-In-One game winner with our Food Pantry Driver, Geoff Bowen. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Gala committee member Jen Chu poses with chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove. Wahlberg dropped by unexpectedly to check on the Alma Nove dining station. Courtesy photo.

Gala committee member Jen Chu poses with chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove. Wahlberg dropped by unexpectedly to check on the Alma Nove dining station. Courtesy photo.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Dancing the night away. Photo by FayFoto Boston.

Dancing the night away. Photo by FayFoto Boston.