Big Cat Habitat benefit for All Faiths Food Bank goes “wild” with donations
Sarasota, June 24, 2014 – All Faiths Food Bank is the proud recipient of food and funds donated by the many generous guests of Big Cat Habitat’s Jam Out Hunger event this past Sunday. More than $4,000 and 9,400 pounds of food was collected from the hundreds of families that attended a day of music, food and furry fun. With an unprecedented amount of food collected in a one-day drive, several event guests came to the rescue by helping transport the food to All Faiths.
“What a great problem to have,” said spokesperson Laura Coyle, marketing director at All Faiths Food Bank. “We had more food than we could move, but the outpouring of support from the people who volunteered to help was just incredible. It was a hot, labor-intensive job of loading and unloading more than 9,000 pounds of food, and they did it because they saw a need. They are the heroes of yet another story about the amazing generosity of our community.”
Big Cat Habitat’s Kay and Clayton Rosaire along with Russ and Sharon Stephens spent months planning for the event that combined supporting two great causes, animal rescue and the efforts of All Faiths Food Bank. The event was made possible by the support of many volunteers and organizations including the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Tatum Ridge School, and SRQ Magazine’s Trolley service. Music was coordinated by Ric Stuart of Bonfire Jam Band and musicians: Jen & Ray; Heather Downie Band; Diggity Dave and the Footlongs; Mummers String Band; and Not Tuna.