Sunday, March 13, 2016

Care and Share's annual Recipe for Hope luncheon

Posted By on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 9:52 AM

click to enlarge This year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon at The Broadmoor. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado raised more than $200,000 to help feed the hungry in Southern Colorado. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • This year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon at The Broadmoor. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado raised more than $200,000 to help feed the hungry in Southern Colorado.
Every year I look forward to photographing Care and Share’s Recipe for Hope luncheon and fundraiser at The Broadmoor. This year the Recipe for Hope luncheon raised more than $200,000 for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. More than 1,000 people attended. It’s a huge event for this community and it’s for a very good cause.

One of the things that’s make Care and Share so special to this community is it dedication to get food into the hands of school children who need it. They have a wonderful program called “Send Hunger Packing” and it allows school children to take home a backpack with food for the weekend that will feed a family of four.

‘We send backpacks home with about 30 sites throughout our service area, 600 backpacks home a week,” explains Care and and Share communication director Shannon Brice.

This year Care and Share began a school pantry program. In addition to the backpacks, families can pick up food from the schools their children attend.

click to enlarge Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, was one of two keynote speakers at this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon. Lopez volunteers at the pantry and also uses the pantry to help feed his family. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, was one of two keynote speakers at this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon. Lopez volunteers at the pantry and also uses the pantry to help feed his family.

Domanic Lopez was one of this year’s keynote speakers at the Recipe for Hope Luncheon. He’s a seventh grader at North Middle School, one of the sites for the new pantry program. He began volunteering to help in the pantry and he also collects food for his family there.

click to enlarge Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, speaks during this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, speaks during this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon.

“I like working in the pantry because I know I’m helping other kids and families like mine,” he said. “My family needs food from the pantry. I live with my grandma, grandpa, two brothers, two sisters, my aunt and two dogs.”

click to enlarge Domanic Lopez's grandmother listens as Domanic talks about the importance of the North Middle School food pantry program during the Care and Share's Recipe for Hope Luncheon. Lopez volunteers at the pantry and also uses the pantry to help feed his family. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Domanic Lopez's grandmother listens as Domanic talks about the importance of the North Middle School food pantry program during the Care and Share's Recipe for Hope Luncheon. Lopez volunteers at the pantry and also uses the pantry to help feed his family.

Domanic is proud to work for the program and he says it gives him a sense of accomplishment to help others.

click to enlarge Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, receives a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 1,000 after his keynote address during this year's Recipe of Hope luncheon. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Domanic Lopez, seventh grader at North Middle School, receives a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 1,000 after his keynote address during this year's Recipe of Hope luncheon.


Dana Adoretti was the second keynote speaker. Dana talked about growing up hungry. He also talked about the importance of giving back. Adoretti owns Sprinklers, Etc., a successful local business, and is the Chair of UpaDowna, a local non-profit to help kids get outdoors.

click to enlarge Dana Adoretti, owner of Sprinklers, Etc., was one of two keynote speakers at this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon at The Broadmoor. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado raised more than $200,000 to help feed the hungry in Southern Colorado. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Dana Adoretti, owner of Sprinklers, Etc., was one of two keynote speakers at this year's Recipe For Hope Luncheon at The Broadmoor. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado raised more than $200,000 to help feed the hungry in Southern Colorado.

When he works on a sprinkler system he always asks the owner make a food donation to Care and Share and he recalled how growing hungry affected him and his family.

“The people around us are greatly important to who we are and what we become. I’m now lucky and humbled to be a volunteer and the board chairman of another local non-profit where we can give back to our wonderful community,” said Adoretti.

Sponsors of Care and Share’s Recipe for Hope luncheon gave $38,000 to help put on the event.

Colorado Springs wedding photographer Sean Cayton loves remarkable photographs and the stories behind them. You can see his wedding work at caytonphotography.com, his personal work at seancayton.com and his editorial work in the Colorado Springs Independent. Submit your photo and the story behind the image - no more than two a week, please - to sean@caytonphotography.com for consideration in upcoming blogs.

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