Opus for Person-to-Person's fall fundraiser, the inaugural BigGER Rig Gig in September at Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, attracted nearly 300 guests and raised close to $45,000 for the agency.
Proceeds will go directly to support Person-to-Person's efforts in serving more than 23,000 individuals in need from neighboring communities on an annual basis.
Guests sampled gourmet fare from food trucks and listened to live music by the Greenwich band The Short Bus. Lawn games such as corn hole and ping pong were a popular draw. The event also included a raffle and paddle raise. Purchasing raffle tickets was tied directly with raising "grocery bag" funds to help stock Person-to-Person's two emergency food pantries' shelves heading into the colder months.
"It was exciting to launch a fresh, new fall fundraising event to such a receptive crowd," Jen Forlizzi, co-president of Opus for Person-to-Person, said in a release. "The BigGER Rig Gig exceeded our expectations, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated committee and generous support of our sponsors and the community."
The BigGER Rig Gig was made possible by lead sponsor Ring's End as well as Connecticut Green, Kelly Real Estate and the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. Serendipity served as media sponsor, while several other local businesses lent their support and services. The gourmet food trucks were Christophe's Crepes, Fjord Fisheries, Hot Off The Grille, Preppy Pig BBQ, Skinny Pines Organic Pizza and Taco Pacifico. Desserts were provided by Bash.
Four days before the fundraiser, Person-to-Person celebrated the grand reopening of its Norwalk facility at 76 Main St. The month-long renovation included a complete reorganization of space to better accommodate both clients and case workers, and the creation of a new self-serve food pantry where clients shop alongside volunteers to choose the food they know their families will eat. The Norwalk food pantry is one of two pantries operated by Person-to-Person that supplies groceries for residents of lower Fairfield County. Every week, both food pantries together provide more than 200 families with seven days of food.
For information, visit www.opus4p2p.org.