Family Pantry Gala a Stupendous Success

Organization serves over 9,200 people with over 550 volunteers...
The Family Pantry's 2018 honorees (See story for full caption)

June 24th the Family Pantry of Cape Cod kicked off the summer with a benefit at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port. It was chaired by Tom & Shelly O’Neill, David Metzler, Kip & Stephanie O’Neill, Matt & Erin Kelley, Paul Grover and Paul & Mary Jo Barett. Tom & Shelly O’Neill have been involved with the Pantry since the beginning. This Gala is the Pantry’s signature fund raiser which is very successful due to the O’Neill’s and the efforts of their committee.

This year, attendees sampled elegant edibles and danced to the rocking dance band “Pulse of Boston” all the while experiencing breathtaking views of the ocean, all for a good cause. Susan Adsit, President of the Board of Directors of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod presented two awards at this seventh annual summer gala.

The Founders’ Award which recognizes one of the very special business supporters of the Pantry. Its criteria being that the individual must share the passion and vision of the founders who started the pantry 25 years ago.  This year the Founders’ award was presented to The Cape Cod Chronicle and Publisher Hank Hyora. The Cape Cod Chronicle has supported the Family Pantry for the past 26 years by holding the annual winter "Helping Neighbors" campaign benefiting the Pantry and recently expanded the campaign to include a summer campaign.  In addition, Hyora and his team have kept the community updated by writing countless features about the Pantry and all of its activities.  The Chronicle ensures that those who need help are kept informed and those who can provide help have the opportunity.  As one of the two remaining independently owned and operated newspapers on Cape Cod, The Chronicle who has been publishing since 1965 understands that the people in the community are what’s important to keep informed, tell stories about and help when in need. The Pantry was delighted to recognize all Hank Hyora and the Cape Cod Chronicle has done for the Pantry.

The President’s Award which is given to a person or family who is a strong supporter of the pantry was presented to the Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod. AmeriCorps has supported the Pantry over the past six years, working primarily in the 9,000 sq. foot Family Pantry garden.  Each year a team of corps members help to open and close the garden, preparing for planting, aligning irrigation and general clean up.  They return mid season to help with the heavy lifting of weeding, harvesting and rototilling.  This work is critical as the garden typically produces up to 6,300 pound of fresh vegetables and herbs each year for the Pantry clients.  The award was accepted by Daniel Schell, program coordinator AmeriCorps Cape Cod. The Pantry was so pleased to be able to recognize their volunteer hours by presenting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod’s President's award to AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

The benefit host committee put together an evening to remember while raising funds for The Family Pantry of Cape Cod.  They have acquired support from many area sponsors including but not limited to Leadership Sponsors; Eos Foundation, Eversource, David Metzler, Robert Paul Properties, Rick Roy Construction and Tufts Health Plan Presenting Sponsors Alignment Financial Group, BackOffice Associates,Barrett & Singal, Paul & Mary Jo Barrett, Allan & Martha Campbell, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, Cape Cod Healthcare, Cashman Jay Cashman, The Chamberlain Foundation, Jack & Nancy Ferris, Vin & Jeanne Helfrich,
Jay & Linda Hooley,
Tom & Caroline Lucey, Tom and Shelly O’Neill, The Our Family, Dan Rea & Jeanne O’Keefe, Ann Clark Tucker and Family and The White Family Wychmere Hero Sponsors Roger & Anne Berman, J. Brown Landscaping, Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, Cape Cod Chronicle,
Cape Cod Media Group, Susan & Bruce Daniel, Peter & Marie Haley, John & Tracee Hynes, George & Charlene McLaughlin,
 McPhee Associates of Cape Cod and Dennis & Dolores Picard. Cape Cod Champions Robert Blaisdell,
Robert & Bonnie Brackett, Chatham Wayside Inn, George & Pam Christodoulo, Dennis & Karen Clair, Covell Realty, Nancy Diehl DiGiovanni, Walter & Toni Dowgiallo, Joan Sloane Duffy & Stan Mansfield, Eastern Bank, Mark Freitas, Paul & Meg Kasuba, Matt & Erin Kelley, Andrew Levin & Michele Goody, The Gregory Family Foundation, Andrew & Jennifer Mason, Anne McKenna, Dan & Chris McLaughlin, Christine Morrison, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Carolyn O’Leary, John & Anne O’Brien, Kip and Stephanie O’Neill, Outer Cape Health Services, Inc., Kevin & Anne Phelan,
Bryan & Nancy Ruez and Bruce Signal Friends Susan & David Adsit, John & Karen Andreoli, Boston Property Ventures, Sarah Brierley-Sherman, Jean Callahan, Jon Ciraulo, Azzedine Downes,  Larry & Aline Folding, Bink & Weezie Garrison Family Fund, Morong Family Charitable Trust, Jonn & Nancy Newton, Christine Popolo, Woodruff Price and Sandra Tanco Special thanks to Nauset High School Musicians, Grace Cushing, Kaia Howard, Maeve Noone-Price, Emma Peterson, Lauren Velie, New England Gardens,
Elaine Hill, Fred Boyle Pianist, and
Terri Adamsons & Alan Pollock, Event Photographers.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the largest food pantry on Cape Cod which serves anyone in need with no restrictions, geographic or otherwise.  The Pantry provided services to over 9,200 people with the help of over 550 volunteers. The Pantry extends it gratitude to the many supporters, volunteers and neighbors. The Pantry is committed to fulfilling their mission and the support of all in the community is critical to the success of the mission.

The mission of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is to feed and clothe those in need across Cape Cod. If you were unable to attend donations to the shop for hunger campaign are always welcome and can be made online at or checks payable to: The Family Pantry of Cape Cod may be sent to 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich MA 02645. The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on Linked in.

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The 2018 honorees, Family Pantry Executive Director Christine Menard, Founders' Awardee Henry Hyora, publisher of the Cape Cod Chronicle Newspaper, President's Awardee Daniel Schell program coordinator of AmeriCorps of Cape Cod, Family Pantry Board President Susan Adsit and Gala Chairman Thomas P. O'Neill III. (Photo by Alan Pollock) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on