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$5,000: A Very Nice Slice!

How many times do we hear event organizers say “A portion of the proceeds will benefit…”?


How many times do we hear exactly how that benefit turned out?

Not a lot.

Big props, then, to Matthew Mandell and the Slice of Saugatuck organizers.

Yesterday, they handed $5,000 to Homes With Hope, for its Gillespie Food Pantry.

There was a nice presentation, with one of those big fake checks.

The funds, though, were very, very real.

The money came from the 3000 or so folks who “walked the Slice” last month. For $5, they tasted all kinds of food, heard great music, and had a great, block party-type time. Funds also came from merchant participation fees — there were 48 of them — and sponsorships.

Mandell said, “the concept of food at the festival, and food for those who can’t afford it, is a win-win for our community. Being able to donate these proceeds from the festival is a pleasure.”

And letting festival-goers know just how much they did for an important organization makes the Slice of Saugatuck a win-win-win.

The presentation, via a giant check, will occur Thursday October 11 at 11am in front of Tarry Lodge, located at 30 Charles St, Westport, CT.