At our terrific dinner at Ramona's in Haddonfield, NJ on Tuesday, I briefly spoke about an idea hatched by one of our members, namely, that we throw into a kitty, just a couple of bucks per person after every Dangerous Dining Club get-together, and donate the results to a local, food-based charity. When we first discussed this idea on the DDC Rib Run in September, everyone in attendance liked the idea.
Well, a day or two after that event I received an e-mail from one of us, who wishes to remain anonymous, but who wants to MATCH, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, the money that we raise after each DDC gathering, up to a large dollar figure. I've confirmed this generous gesture, and it is quite real. And I have been greatly moved by this series of events. After doing the research on food-based charities that we might want to support, I thought Philabundance (www.philabundance.com, for more information) might be worth our attention, because they serve 142 organizations in greater Philadelphia (Philly and the 5 counties surrounding) and 12 such organizatiosn in NJ, who feed the poor. homeless, ailing, shut-ins and the hungry every day, and serve several of the other organizatiosn we were considering, like MANNA and the Philadelphia Food Bank. So with Philabundance, we support them too.
The DDC has never had any kind of agenda, as I mentioned on Tuesday in front of the group that came out to dinner; it's always been just about getting together, telling some jokes, eating and sharing food and drink, laughing and having a good food time. Well, now, in a small way, we can do something for those who don't or can't do that. It's not an agenda, but it's action, it's a good deed overdue. And it's just a couple of bucks after a meal, and hopefully, like the small price of our gatherings every month, it will be easy for everyone to do.
It is, and will always be, voluntary, and I trust no one will ever put pressure on anyone to give any more then they wish to give or not.
There it is in a nutshell. For those of you who lurk here or just don't get to each and every DDC event, this may be incentive to do so. And now, instead of just being a good, foodie fun time out once a month, a DDC gathering of Philly and NJ Chowhounds can be a gentle gesture of support for Philabundance and the tremendous work they do every day of the year.
So now, what the HELL are we doing for November????
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