Food for Thought celebrates completing first year of successful breakfast programme with sold out event at Bella Luna

Popular Italian Restaurant hosts intimate family style dinner in its enchanting pizza garden, raising over $8,500 for the charity’s new Food Bank Programme

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On Saturday 8 July 2017 almost 100 guests filled the charming pizza garden at Bella Luna to dine al fresco in support of Food for Thought who have finished the first year of their breakfast programme on a high note, with teachers reporting increased concentration and improved attendance in their classes.

Lucky diners were treated to delicious fare donated by Bella Luna – including caprese salad, a variety of artisan pizzas, homemade meatballs with spaghetti, and mouth-watering tiramisu. They also enjoyed a discounted cash bar, and a raffle sponsored by Turks & Caicos Banking Company, while reveling in the musical talents of Brentford and Brenten Handfield. There was also a pop up shop on the night, with a nights stay donated by Amanyara helping to boost sales.

The owner of Tangled Hair Salon, Brigitte Wildt, kindly ran an accompanying promotion on the same day, offering special deals to customers – with all funds raised being donated to Food for Thought.

Co-founder of the charity Karen Savory thanked supporters and donors, especially Food for Thoughts breakfast programme partners: Quality Food Centre, Tropical Shipping, Lew 1 Shipping and Caicos Express Airways; as well as Partner Sponsor Sothebys International Realty. Tribute was also paid to the charitys invaluable honourary member, Joan Connolly-Gregg, for all of her hard work and support.

Karen also took the opportunity to announce Food for Thoughts plans to expand its reach in the new school year – to the ten government schools not currently in the breakfast programme. The new food bank programme will seek donations of non-perishable breakfast items to fill Breakfast Boxes in each of the guidance counsellors offices, to discretely provide some food to those students most in need of a nutritious breakfast.

Food for Thought co-founder Jeanne Savory said We are so grateful to Cosimo and his superb Bella Luna team for hosting such a delightful evening, and for donating all the wonderful food! They went above and beyond to ensure our guests had a magnificent night. Everyone has been so complimentary of the amazing food, fantastic service and close attention to detail.

The $8,500 raised at this event will go a long way towards launching our food bank project, and help to subsidise the Breakfast Boxes to ensure at least ten children from each of those government schools can receive something for breakfast every school day. We have spoken to the schools, who have confirmed the urgent need for the Breakfast Boxes so we are pleased to be able to expand in our second year, thanks to such great community support.

However, we still need help. We are calling on local businesses to come on board and join up to become corporate sponsors. We have packages for all business sizes. Individual sponsors can also do their part by donating to the food banks, sponsoring a child for just $200, or by giving monthly donations.

Food for Thought would like to thank the following generous sponsors of their event:Cosimo and Bella Luna, Amanyara Resort, Turks & Caicos Banking Company, Island Fire Supplies, Sothebys, Spa Tropique, Goldsmith, SURFside Ocean Academy, Point Grace, Parallel 23, Atelys, Needles and Pins Upholstery, Caribbean Outpost, Turquoise Distribution, Atabeyra, Bark + Bliss, Thai Orchid, Sharon Weil Hornstein, After5 Island Concierge, Freediving for Me, Swift Delivery Services, Islehelp, Tangled Hair Salon, Brentford & Brenten Handfield, Eustace, Jovan & Sanjay, Theresa, Kathleen and Melanie, and as always Richard & Robin Savory.

If you would like to learn more about or donate to Food for Thought please email foodforthoughttci@gmail.comor