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Food Link Celebrates 20 Years With Blue Jean Bash

| April 21, 2011, 01:57 PM | 0 Comments

(L-R)Ireenie McElwee, Blue Jean Bash Silent Auction Chair; Paula Gordon, Director of Volunteer Operations, Food Link; Rudi Rodriguez, owner of the Red Barn on Harness Creek, Food Link Supporter; Cathy Holstrom, Executive Director, Food Link.

Make plans now for some boot stompin’ fun on Saturday, May 7th from 7pm-11pm, as Food Link celebrates its 20 year anniversary with the 2011 Blue Jean Bash. The event will be held at the Red Barn in Harness Creek, a private home of a Food Link supporter and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Link, Inc.

Guests can expect BBQ, Music and Line Dancing. The fun will also include a photo booth, wine wheel and a beautiful sunset overlooking the South River is guaranteed at 8:04pm.

The live and silent auction include week-long stays in Bethany Beach and Ocean City, a weekend stay at an Eastern Shore B&B, airline tickets, an autographed framed Joe Flacco of the Ravens jersey, a taco bar for 20 friends donated by Chevy’s, Tiki Bar party for 50 donated by Moveable Mixtures and much more!

Local artists have generously donated their time, talent and treasures to Food Link for the Blue Jean Bash. Local artist Sally Wern Comport of Annapolis, creates and generously donates the artwork each year for the Blue Jean Bash Posters and printed collateral. Sally Wern Comport’s thoughtful, conceptual illustrations have been seen nationally for editorial, publishing, advertising and institutional clients for over twenty years. Local Annapolis potter, Paul Gruner, has donated over 200 decorative, Raku bowls for Food Link to sell as part of the fundraising efforts. Mr. Gruner has also been part of the Blue Jean Bash events for several years.

Sponsors to date include Global Marketing, Builders Association, Central Arundel JWC, FitzMall VW, ARINC, Feirstein & Graw, Moveable Mixtures, Fordam and Old Dominion Brewing Co., Seawatch, International. Sponsorships are still available and welcomed.

Jeans, boots and cowboy hats are the encouraged attire for the BLUE JEAN BASH. Parking and shuttle will be available at Annapolis Middle School at the second Spa Rd entrance by the tennis courts.

The continued success of Food Link is depends solely on the support of individuals, community groups, businesses and civic organization and the success of the BLUE JEAN BASH.

Tickets are $50 before May 2nd, $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, please call 410.897.3941, visit www.foodlinkmaryland.org or email [email protected].


Twenty years ago, Food Link opened its doors with the mission to lead efforts in alleviating hunger in our community by linking vital resources to families and individuals in need. Food Link has become the last stop when traditional support programs fail or turn them away. Donated goods and services are the core of the program which supports over 75 agencies and charitable organizations in Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore.

According to Cathy Holstrom, Executive Director of Food Link, “To put the state of our community in perspective, in 2010, close to 1,000 families were helped directly from our office, right here on Riva Road. Through our Wholesale Produce Program, we were able to help at least 1,000 families each week. And over 400,000 individuals and families sought and received emergency assistance through our network of recipient agencies. What I think is even more compelling is the fact that we distributed over two million pounds of food and other essentials to people in need in 2010. Food Link is a vital resource to people in need.”

Food Link is a nationally recognized for its ability to help those in need. There is no paperwork, no judgment, no rejections or waiting. Food Link truly provides immediate help for people in need.

Food Link, Inc., is the largest non-profit hunger relief and food rescue organization in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Food Link, Inc. provides immediate emergency food assistance and other essentials to individuals and families in time of need – a safety net for the poor.

Mission Statement – We strive to lead efforts in alleviating hunger in communities by linking vital resources to families and individuals in need.

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