Letter: TomatoFest Board of Directors thanks the community for their support in 2021 | Lifestyles

The TomatoFest board would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of TomatoFest 2021.

In May 2021, with support from the Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff‘s Department, and Perform4Purpose, TomatoFest hosted a non-perishable food collection drive-through event at BOCES. Over 3,000 non-perishable items were collected and delivered to the 10 participating pantries: Moravia, Fair Haven, Weedsport, Cato, Port Byron, Salvation Army, Calvary, Saint Alphonsus, King Ferry and Union Springs. The proceeds from the sale of fried dough by the Cultural Italian-American Organization and community donations made the event a success.

In September, TomatoFest returned to Downtown Auburn with craft, commercial, charitable, and grocery sellers, as well as amazing music and dance performances. A drive-through collection of non-perishable groceries took place at the entrance to the parking garage, collecting hundreds of donations for the pantries. Seller fees, donations, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, mothers sales, product sales and a special concert with Joe Whiting and Mark Doyle made TomatoFest 2021 a huge success! Many thanks to all providers and performers! Thanks to the volunteers from the pantries and Grace House!

Special thanks go to all of our sponsors and donors: Aversa Agency, Bouley Associates, Cayuga-Onondage County Teachers Association, Buschman Consulting, Heieck-Pelc Funeral Home, Lilly Plumbing and Heating, Moondogs Lounge, RG Wright Agency, The Citizen, Contiguglia Law Form , Daniel Cuddy / Cuddy Financial Services, Dickman Farms, Jacobs Press, Midstate Mutual Insurance Company, Mier Tool, Medent, Savannah Bank, Xylem, Cayuga Lake National Bank, Buffington and Hoatland CPAs and Michele Driscoll Law Office. Thank you also for the continued support from: The City of Auburn, Auburn Downtown BID, Auburn Police Department, Auburn Fire Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Party Rental, Coburn Design, IMS, Inc, Auburn Public Theater, and the Genesee Center.

On December 4th, the TomatoFest board of directors presented 5 pantries: Union Springs, King: Ferry, Calvary, Salvation Army, and Moravia Hope with checks for $ 2,255.

We look forward to TomatoFest 2022 on September 10, 2022! Donations are always welcome at the TomatoFest of CNY, POBox 1611, Auburn, NY 13021 or via PayPal on our website cnytomatofest.org.

The board of directors of CNY TomatoFest consists of Gilda Brower, Janice Sanders, Mike Mancini, Terry Mahoney, Jim VanArsdale, Tom Falicchio, Connor VanEpps, Margie Stuart, Christine Siddall, Cathy Capeling, Kelly Logue, Robert Auchman, Bev Denninger, Debbie Pinckney and Donna Wolfgang. All thank-you letters are printed as submitted.

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