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.
Warm Up the Night!
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. This event alone has raised over over $75,000 to ensure that FOA is there when a struggling family in Amherst needs help.
In the past six 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, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, The Black Sheep Deli, Food 101, Ginger Garden, Johnny’s Tavern, Mi Tierra, Mission Cantina, Oriental Flavor, Osteria Vespa, Pasta E Basta, Pengyew Catering, Sutter Meats, Whole Foods Market, and many more!
Exciting features over the years have included pig roasts by 30Boltwood, tequila, bourbon, and wine tastings by Spirit Haus, scotch tastings by Four Seasons Liquors, beer tastings by White Lion Brewing Co., a raw bar by Berkshore Oyster Co., and live music by musicians John Sheldon, J Mascis, Roger Salloom, Winterpills, Small Parade, and Livia Cox.
Light Up the Night!
Light Up the Night is a benefit dinner and auction held in a beautiful garden setting. In its 14-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.
Auction items have included:
- Unique dining experiences, including a personal at-home dining experience from Johnny’s Tavern, and farm-to-table meal from 30Boltwood.
- Memorable outings, such as tours of the Massachusetts State House with Senate President, Stan Rosenberg, and personal tennis lessons with tennis pro, Art Carrington.
- Incredible trips including Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Maine, and the Outer Banks getaways, and international trips to Dominican Republic, Italy, and other beautiful locations.
These are just a few examples of the diverse array of we have of auction items 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!