Captured Event

October 19, 2011 - Elephant Talk Feeds The Hungry

What: The Whole Bellies this Holiday celebration and fund raiser

Where: District 475

When: Wednesday October 19, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Elephant Talk and the 34 agencies it supports

Host(s): Whole Foods Market, Blacktie Colorado, Metropolitan Homes, and KOSI 101

EMCEE: Murphy Huston , KOSI 101

Presenting Sponsor(s): Whole Foods Market

Introductions: Heather Larrabee -Whole Foods Cherry Creek

Libations: Orchid Liqueurs

Catering: Whole Foods Market

Sponsors: Whole Foods, Blacktie, Peter Kudla

Quote of the evening: "Don't accept the status quo" Randy Harris

Attendance: 250

Event Coordinator: Heather Larrabee

Planning Committee: Amy Wright, Andrew Lawrence, Heather Larrabee, Sharon Wilkinson, Megan O’Connor

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Elephant Talk founders Sandy Sommers and Randy Harris
Elephant Talk founders Sandy Sommers and Randy Harris
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For human beings, there are three essential elements for life; air, water and food.   

In this country air is free, water is relatively easy to come by and that leaves food. In America, for one in six Americans, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to the homeless, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
 
Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. Randy Harris and Sandy Sommers saw this problem but decided to do something about it.  And do something they did.  Consider that as recently as two and a half years ago, no food was being delivered by Elephant Talk and now over 50 tons of food a week is being delivered by these two people who take no salary.  This is not just government cheese and dry beans.  Elephant Talk is fortunate to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to other staples.
 
For over two decades the founders of Elephant Talk have performed research, analytics, and process and supply chain analysis.  They are now bringing these same skills to help analyze the current problem with food distribution and provide some solutions.
 
Simply put, Elephant Talk helps coordinate the delivery of food from farmers, ranchers and other donators to food banks, which in turn make it available to the growing numbers of people who need it.
 
Heather Larrabee of Whole Foods Cherry Creek did a superb job of pulling together 20 local food artisans and Whole Food shoppers who care about the hungry to promote "Whole Bellies for the Holidays."
 
In addition to supporting the work of Elephant Talk, Whole Foods promotes the  Grab & Give program.  Supporters of this program can purchase healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to feed families of four.
 
This year’s recipients include Metro CareRing, Urban Peak, The Gathering Place, Action Center of Jefferson County, Douglas County Education Foundation, and the Denver Public Schools Food for Kids Backpack Program.
 
This event was emceed by Murphy Huston of KOSI. Attendees were also treated to drinks, live music, and mission presentations from more than 15 agencies and school backpack programs.
 
Also rising, on a chair, to speak was Peter Kudla, owner of event venue District 475 and well known Colorado philanthropist. In his usual generous style, Peter offered to match, dollar for dollar, any cash donation made that night. Although the food and drink were abundant at the gala, everyone present knew that they were there to address the mounting dilemma of those whose bellies may be empty this holiday season.

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