October 19, 1998
Don't bag this dinner
by Bronwyn Burns-Wilson
A gourmet sack-lunch dinner, hors d'ouevres and a no-host bar are on the menu at the benefit banquet planned for Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Schoolhouse. The evening's fun includes a concert by Beverly Graham and Queen B, plus a silent auction. Funds raised at the event will go toward the purchase of 2,000 sleeping bags by Operation: Sack Lunch, a non-profit organization serving homeless and poverty-level people.
The organization was created when founder, Beverly Graham, struggled with a debilitating illness. Rather then asking, "Why me?" she focused on her family whom she could depend on for her care. After her recovery, Graham decided to care for those who aren't as fortunate. She began preparing sack lunches in her kitchen and then distributing them to those in need. That was nine years ago, and today Operation: Sack Lunch not only provides food, but hygiene kits, clothing, shoes, blankets and more. Kindergartners to senior citizens work side by side in this community service project for the jobless, those down on their luck and those without families.
"It's all volunteer," says Marcia Giant, a friend of Graham. She explains that this winter promises to be colder than usual, and sleeping bags are a priority on the needs list. "The basic bottom line is the need to stay warm if you don't have a roof over your head," she says.
Dinner is $35 per person and donations for the auction are welcome. For further information contact Marcia Giant at 425-483-5100 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.