Family Outreach of Amherst’s events are essential to the success of the program

Our Light Up the Night and Warm Up the Night events are more than just great parties; they provide essential funding to make sure there is someone there to answer the phone the next time a family is in crisis. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful, giving community. Read on to learn what these events are all about, and please join us in patronizing the businesses and individuals who support us and make our work possible. 



14th Annual Light Up the Night!: A Magical Midsummer’s Night

Friday, June 16, 2017. 5:30pm




The 14th annual Light Up the Night! was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the party with us.

This year’s Light Up the Night! event took us deep into the transformative magic of a Midsummer’s Night. Over 200 guests enjoyed an enchanted night of friends, food, and dancing. One-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, donated by generous local businesses and individuals, were once again be the centerpiece of the evening. For more about Light Up the Night!, see below.

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Gold Sponsors


Links to websites:
Amity Street Dental
TD Bank
Gillen Properties




Silver Sponsors

Louise B. Reilly

Links to websites:
Amherst Mindfulness
Amherst Pediatrics
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
DiBenedetto Electric
Elite Home Health Agency
Hodari Capital
Greenfield Savings Bank
Jones Properties
Jones Group Realtors
UMass Amherst
West Branch Capital
Dr. Geoff Zucker




Bronze Sponsors




Light Up the Night! History: Light Up the Night is a benefit dinner and auction held in a beautiful garden setting. In its 13-year history, LUTN has contributed nearly $500,000 to FOA programs supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. It raises nearly half of FOA’s annual fund raising budget every year (over $55,000 in 2016!), and allows us to employ a full-time caseworker to work with struggling families. With continuing budget cuts in human services programs and an ever-increasing need for our services, we aim to do even better year after year.

The event is generously supported by the entire community through donations, discounts and volunteers. We strive to keep our expenses low so that the money we raise can go directly to the families in the community that need it the most. It truly does take a village!

Click here to see a Light Up the Night! Photo Gallery!




Warm Up the Night!

The 2016 Warm Up the Night was a huge success!! We transformed the warm and festive tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn into a strolling culinary extravaganza! This year we enjoyed delicious small bites, sips, and tastes from an eclectic mix of local food vendors, including 30 Boltwood, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, the Banh Mi Stop, Bread and Butter, Carr’s Cider House, Ginger Garden, Oriental FlavorOsteria Vespa, Sutter Meats,Whole Foods, and more! The exciting features for this year included a pig roast, and tastings of aged bourbons, sakes andsingle malt scotch, with live music from talented local musicians, which featured a special appearance by guitar legend J Mascis! 





Warm Up the Night! History: Since 2012, we have transformed various locations, including the festive tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn and the Amherst College Alumni House, into food bazaars. Each year we add new food selections, and in 2014 Senator Stan “the chef” Rosenberg joined us to help award “Best in Show” awards to the crowd’s favorite food artisans.

In the past four years, well over 200 people have turned out to enjoy tasty offerings and helped support our most fragile neighbors. Over the years our food vendors have included 30Boltwood, The Alvah Stone, Bahn Mi Saigon, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, The Black Sheep Deli, The Blue Heron, Bread & Butter, Carr’s Ciderhouse, Chef Bill, Chez Albert, Ecuador Andino Store, Esselon, Food 101, Glazed Doughnut Shop, High Horse Brewing, Ibizas Tapas and Wine Bar, Illva Sorono/Corvo Wines, Jasper Hill Farm, The Lone Wolf, Mission Cantina, Barbara Feldman Morse, Oriental Flavor, Osteria Vespa, Pengyew Catering, The Pub, Louise Reilly’s Spiced Nuts, Bob Stover from Not Bread Alone, Sun Kim Bop Food Truck, Sutter Meats, and Whole Foods Market.

Exciting features in 2015 included a pig roast by 30Boltwood, tequila tasting by Spirit Haus, scotch tasting by Four Seasons Liquors, live music by musicians Winterpills and Roger Salloom, and a special appearance by local guitar legend J Mascis!