Numerous community volunteers help make feast a success

Posted: Monday, April 07, 2003

Thanks to the kindness and talents of some very special people, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosted its first annual Fantasy Feast. Everyone who helped with this event did so out of the kindness of their hearts and concern for the hungry not for personal recognition. However, their contributions are certainly deserving of our heartfelt appreciation.

We are most grateful to Merrill Sikorski for taking time from his busy schedule to be the master of ceremonies for this event. Merrill's imagination and talent for engaging an audience contributed to the success of the evening (although there is some doubt about the whistle?). We would also like to thank Leonor Fraser for being such a gracious hostess. Leonor's vision and compassion for others shone through as she greeted our guests and helped them find their tables.

Upon arrival, Fantasy Feast guests were treated to music by Sue Biggs and Jack Will. Both musicians donated their time and many talents to create a wonderful atmosphere as the provided entertainment throughout the meal. Thank you both for your contribution!

We extend our sincere appreciation to Tim and Isabelle Harbaugh of Isabelle's Fine Catering for providing such fantastic meals. They were such good sports when approached with this unusual catering idea. Tim, Isabelle and their staff not only provided a delicious dinner and dessert, but the created a great atmosphere and provided excellent service.

I would also like to thank Food Bank's Board of Directors and the Fundraising Committee for their confidence in the unusual concept of the Fantasy Feast. And thank you to the Soldotna Senior Center for providing the perfect facility for the event. We appreciate Jan Fena for working with us on this project.

And finally, no event would be successful without the participants. The dinner was an experiential one that gave our guests an opportunity to identify with many of the root causes of hunger here on the Kenai Peninsula. Our Fantasy Feast guests were very gracious as they entered into the spirit of the evening. We would like to extend a warm thank you to all those who joined us for dinner and an evening to remember! We are already looking forward to next year's new Fantasy Feast with anticipation.

May God bless you all as you remember our neighbors in need.

Peggy Moore , Executive Director

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