“Friends FULL of Giving” Fundraiser Raises $276,000 For All Faiths Food Bank
On November 29, 2023, All Faiths Food Bank hosted its inaugural “Friends FULL of Giving” fundraiser in Sarasota. The event, held on a scenic property donated by supporter Terry Dickson, raised $276,000 for All Faiths’ ThankFULL campaign, aiming to provide holiday meals for those facing hunger.

With 145 guests in attendance, the evening featured catered food by Innovative Dining, music by saxophonist/DJ David Turner, and a lively auction with exclusive experiences. Event chair Lisa Napolitano and committee member Dawn Doughty celebrated the success, emphasizing the importance of community support.

Event chair Lisa Napolitano and committee member Dawn Doughty were thrilled with the evening’s success, as ardent supporters as well as new friends to the cause gathered together.

“Friends FULL of Giving holds a special place in my heart, as it gives us an opportunity to give back to our community and brighten the lives of those who may be facing hard times,” said Napolitano. “I am so grateful to see a vision realized where friends come together and truly make a meaningful impact.”

Photo Courtesy Of Sarasota Scene Magazine.

The challenges of recent years have intensified the need, and All Faiths Food Bank, founded in 1989, expanded its ThankFULL campaign to distribute over 13,000 turkeys and sides this year. CEO Sandra Frank highlighted the community’s role in ensuring everyone can enjoy a festive meal during the holiday season.

Gratitude Sponsors included Dennis and Dawn Doughty, and Lisa Napolitano and Stephen Holten; Gathering Sponsors were Greg and Lori McMillan; and Harvest Sponsors were Constance David, Alex and Christina Dell, Florida Blue, and Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

To learn more about All Faiths Food Bank, visit https://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.