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Honorary Chair Sarita Hanley (l) and Guest Speaker John Barricelli (r)

Honorary Chair Sarita Hanley and Guest Speaker John Barricelli

Stamford, CT:  On Sunday November 13th, New Covenant Center held the 6th Annual Harvest Table at The Italian Center in Stamford.  The sold-out event hosted over 290 people who enjoyed the Market Place food demonstrations, 100+ silent auction itema, and a 6 item Golden Raffle.  During the luncheon, guests heard first from Sarita Hanley, the Honorary Chair, who spoke on how New Covenant Center is part of her personal mission to help those in need. John Barricelli, Guest Speaker/owner of SoNo Baking Company and former PBS host, shared his life story and how giving back by donating food is an honor and family tradition.  Hat-TASTIC!, a hat contest with 15 hat wearing contestants was a new feature of the event, and alone raised over $4,200.

Sarita Hanley presents HAT-TASTIC winner Bella with her trophy.

Sarita Hanley presents HAT-TASTIC winner Bella with her trophy.

This year’s Harvest Table set a new record for funds raised for New Covenant Center, with the 6 year total now over $300,000.  “Event Director Beth Merrill and her Committee did a phenomenal job in creating a fun, creative and successful environment to promote New Covenant Center’s mission to feed the hungry and to help provide a better life for those in need,” said John Gutman, Executive Director.  “While all elements of the event helped us to exceed our donations goal, equally important is that I am confident many of our guests will spread the word about the work of the 800+ volunteers that currently serve at our facility.” All proceeds go to support New Covenant Center meals, food pantry and human services programs.

ht-cheese-table-shotWe thank our wonderful sponsors and supporters: Sous Chefs: LaRocca Country Market, Bruce & Linda Koe, Pepperidge Farms, and Sarita and Greg Hanley. Pastry Chefs: PWC,  XLCatlin, and Lord & Taylor. Maitre’d:  Nagi Jewelers, Pitney Bowes, Laure Aubuchon, Diane & Mike Boyd, Fieldpoint Private Bank & Trust, Moira and Pat Colangelo, Mary Ann DiMaggio, Ed & Gina Kearns, Stamford Hospital, RMS Companies, Leslie & Terry Laughren and Lisa & Bob Schultz. In-kind Donors: 90+ Cellars, Zumbach Gourmet Coffee, Pottery Barn,  Jade Marketing Solutions, Spiked Seltzer, SoNo Baking Company, Tito’s Vodka and The Italian Center Men’s Club. Media Sponsors: Hearst Media and Moffly Media. The Marketplace Vendors are: Cucina Casalinga, Red Bee Honey, Judy’s Bar & Grill, Artisan Made America, New Canaan Olive Oil, SoNo Baking Company, Nosh Hound Food Truck, 90+ Cellars, Raus Coffee and Pottery Barn.

Some of our guests wearing their best hats.

Some of our guests wearing their best hats.

New Covenant Center opened a new 8,000 sq. ft. facility at 174 Richmond Hill in 2015. New Covenant Center serves hot meals twice a day, 365 days a year.  Including the breakfast program and food pantry, it provides over 700,000 meals a year.  The new facility includes an efficient and modern kitchen, a welcoming dining area, expanded food storage area and refrigeration, a spacious food pantry area and additional space for other services

Founded nearly 40 years ago, New Covenant Center is an inter-faith project of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor, and children. No one is turned away.  There are no requirements to enter the New Covenant Center doors, except a mutual exchange of respect and dignity.

To learn more and to donate, please go to: newcovenantcenter.org
Or contact:
John Gutman, Executive Director
JGutman@ccfc-ct.org