It was a lovely Saturday afternoon for People Helping People and fund raiser for the Burlington Food Pantry. The smell of burgers sizzling to perfection, kids dancing up a storm to some classic rock jams, money being collected to help out those less fortunate. By all accounts the charitable event that took place Saturday, September 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Burlington commons was a win-win for all those involved.
If you aren't familiar with People Helping People, they are the non-profit organization behind the Burlington Covenant for Basic Needs which supports the and various Holiday Programs like their upcoming Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas “Wish Tree” at the .
For a five dollar donation, patrons got to grab a preview of b.good's real fast food, consisting of burgers, veggie patties, chicken, potato salad, milk shakes and more.
“This event has been great,” said Anthony Ackil, one of b.good's co-founders and line cook for the get-together. “Lots of people came down and we got lucky with a beautiful day. It's now about five o'clock and we've sold about 200 tickets for food.”
All told, b.good and People Helping People served 365 people during the event, as reported at Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting. At $5 per person the fundraiser garnered at least $1,825 to help those in need in Burlington.
“b. good has been enormously generous in their contribution today,” explained Janet Knudsen, Member of the Fund Raiser Committee for People Helping People as she collected donations.
Aside from $5 for a plate of grub, patrons could spend another five bucks for a People Helping People reusable grocery bag. For a ten dollar donation, a People Helping People cookbook entitled: From Our Pantry To Yours was offered.
Speaking with some of the several hundred locals that swung by, Burlington resident, Janet Zahora, had the following to say about b. good's menu: “This veggie burger is fabulous, it has tons of delicious seeds, it's absolutely fantastic.”
Another Burlingtonite, Chris Mason, who had his grandson on his arm, told Patch: “I came down to help support the food pantry and we are all having a great time. I loved the chicken patty with the homemade potato salad and I washed that down with a great milkshake, it was the best.”
Music for the event was provided by the Burlington-based classic rock band, Classified who filled the evening air with classic rocks covers for the whole family to groove to.
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For information of People Helping People and their and a chance to win a $1000 to the popular restaurant, click here.
Be sure to check out Patch's photo gallery of all the action!