Worthington News

'Swingin' Summer Night'

Worthington food pantry's gala fundraiser slated July 25


Swingin' Summer Night is one of the best parties of the season and a way to support one of the community's favorite home-grown charities.

The third annual gala fundraiser for the Worthington food pantry will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday evening, July 25, at York Golf Club, 7459 N. High St.

The evening will feature music by The Randys, master of ceremonies Chris Bradley from WBNS-10 TV, live and silent auctions and food served by LA Catering.

From a wall of wine, supporters may purchase a bottle of high-quality, mystery wine for $25, with a chance to take home one of the luxury bottles.

A North Carolina beach-house rental, an aerobatic plane ride, a police ride-along and dinner at the Worthington fire house are among the dozens of silent- and live-auction prizes.

Organizers are expecting 250 guests, who will support the Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry.

This is the pantry's largest event of the year and provides important financial support to the pantry, which is entering its fifth year of providing food and services to Worthington-area families.

Last year, more than 1,000 families received assistance. In April, the pantry had a record 551 visits.

The pantry is at 445 E. Granville Road, at the former Harding Hospital site.

Several times a week, it opens its doors to distribute food to people who have been referred.

A new focus is on providing fresh produce, director Jennifer Fralic said.

The pantry has its own garden on site and grows and harvests everything from strawberries to lettuce and tomatoes.

Several times a year, the pantry also holds a produce market through which it distributes fresh fruits and vegetables delivered by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Volunteers help tend to the garden and distribute produce during produce markets. The next produce market will be Aug. 16.

The pantry depends on volunteers to operate, and Fralic said even more emphasis would be placed on volunteer opportunities for young families in the coming year.

Past summer fundraisers for the pantry were held at the Shops at Worthington Place. The event moved to York this year to allow more appropriate space to present a program and show a video about what is happening at the pantry.

Tickets are $30 if purchased prior to the event at http://bit.ly/UM8gFF. Tickets also may be purchased at the door for $35.