In the News
September 7, 2014
Held in perfect weather Sunday on the lawn next to the Vimy Officers’ Mess at Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Fare for Friends served as an unofficial start of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington’s annual fundraising campaign.
The campaign officially begins Friday with the annual kickoff breakfast at the Ambassador Conference Resort.
About 350 guests were expected to attend Sunday’s Fare for Friends.
“Ticket sales is one thing, but we make a lot of money on the live and silent auction,” said KFLA United Way president and CEO Bhavana Varma.
Founded by Clark Day, who along with Joanne and Michele Langlois, organized the original garden party in 1994 on his front lawn, Fare for Friends raises between $70,000 and $90,000 annually for the United Way last year.
Last year the event marked its 20th anniversary and more than $1 million raised for the United Way.
This year’s event included 24 restaurants and 13 wineries and breweries.
This year the Kingston Olive Oil Company and Farm Girl Mobile Food Company joined the list of restaurants at the event.
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company and Spearhead Brewing Company were new breweries on hand.
“We reach out to people who kind of fit the event,” Varma said.
“All of them have unique dishes, some of them are on the menu and some are created just for here.”
“What we wanted to do is promote local as much as possible,” said Korinne Peachey, a volunteer who used her experience in the restaurant business to help organize this year’s event.
Peachey said bringing together local restaurants, wineries and breweries is an excellent way to foster the local food industry.
“Everyone is here for charity but what a great day for networking.”
Source: Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard