Family Outreach of Amherst’s events are essential to the success of 450+ local families we serve each and every year.

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. 




6th Annual Warm Up the Night!

Thursday, October 19th 2017
5:30 – 8:30pm
Tickets: $50.00 per person







You won’t want to miss the party of the year! Join us as we transform the tent at The Lord Jeffery Inn into a strolling culinary extravaganza! Enjoy delicious small bites, sips and tastes from an eclectic mix of local food vendors, including Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, Carr’s Ciderhouse, Joe Cook’s Brittle, Banh Mi Spot, Bread & Butter, Glazed Doughnut Shop, Not Bread Alone, Osteria Vespa, Pasta E Pasta, White Lion Brewing, Whole Foods Market, and more! 

Special features will include a pig roast by 30Boltwooda raw bar by Berkshore Oyster Co., bourbon tasting by SpiritHausscotch tasting by Four Seasons Wine & Liquor, and a live performance by famed guitarist John Sheldon.

To get an idea of a typical Warm Up the Night menu, see last year’s full menu below!

If you have any questions or are interested in partaking as a  food vendor/contributing as a sponsor, please contact Rachel Condry at (413) 548-1272 or




2016 Warm Up the Night! Small Bites

2016 Warm Up the Night! Libations


2016 Warm Up the Night! Desserts


Warm Up the Night! History: Since 2012, FOA has 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 five years, well over 200 people have turned out each year to enjoy tasty offerings and helped support our most fragile neighbors. Our food vendors have included 30Boltwood, The Alvah Stone, Bahn Mi Saigon and Banh Mi Spot, BerkShore Oyster Co., Tina Berins, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, The Black Sheep Deli, The Blue Heron, Bread & Butter, Carr’s Ciderhouse, Chef Bill, Chez Albert, Joe Cook Brittle, Crazy Noodles, Ecuador Andino Store, Esselon, Food 101, Four Seasons Wine and Liquor, Ginger Garden, Glazed Doughnut Shop, High Horse Brewing, Claire Hopley, Illva Sorono/Corvo Wines, Insomnia Cookies, Jasper Hill Farm, Johnny’s Tavern, Laura Wear Events, The Lone Wolf, Roberto Ludovico, Mi Tierra, Mission Cantina, Barbara Feldman Morse, Not Bread Alone, Oriental Flavor, Osteria Vespa, Pengyew Catering, Project Rehovot, Provisions Wine Shop, The Pub, Louise Reilly’s Spiced Nuts, Spirit Haus, Sun Kim Bop Food Truck, Sunset Grill, Sutter Meats, Tri-Vin Imports, V-One Vodka, White Lion Brewing Co., Whole Foods Market, and Youngmi Yoon! 

Exciting features over the years have included pig roasts by 30Boltwoodtequila tastings by Spirit Haus, scotch tastings by Four Seasons Liquors, and live music by musicians J Mascis, Roger SalloomWinterpills, Small Parade, and Livia Cox.



Light Up the Night!



The 14th annual Light Up the Night! in June 2017 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.





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!