Friends and supporters of Utah Food Bank gathered for our annual gala Night at the Warehouse: Making Hunger Disappear. It was a fun evening of live and silent auctions, magical entertainment, and a wonderful dinner, all from where the real magic happens: our new West-Wing warehouse.
This year marked the 14th year of gala planning and the 12th anniversary of gala fun. We started in 2010 with the intent to bring people to the warehouse with the opportunity to see what we do and learn who we are. Though the theme has changed annually, the goal of celebrating Utah Food Bank continues.
2023 Night at the Warehouse Gala included many beloved favorites, such as the Restaurant Board, a silent auction (including one-of-a-kind designs), a live auction (with a classic car experience), and opportunity drawings for a cruise, plane tickets and St. George resort stay. We had some unique additions this year, such as a special balloon wall and an elaborate ice sculpture. Attendees were delighted with some surprises, including a special performance from magician Jason Fun, who shared his journey of food insecurity with the audience.
Utah Food Bank also wishes to recognize our generous 2023 gala sponsors:
Presenting: Delta Air Lines
Gold: NU Packaging, Sysco, and Hopkins Brewing Company
Silver: C.R. England/England Logistics, Smith’s, Wells Fargo, Harmons, O.C. Tanner Company, and Colliers
Bronze: Cameron Construction, Dancing Moose Montessori, EY, Love Communications, Nicholas and Company, Big-D Construction and Zions Bank
The evening also included a Live Appeal, where attendees raised their paddles to help us fund the final half of a Mobile School Pantry truck. This crucial truck will help us serve the children of Utah County and Central Utah from our Timpanogos Distribution Center.
Many changes are on the horizon as the geographic size of our state has posed challenges to Utah Food Bank’s work of Fighting Hunger Statewide. As we expand our footprint, we do so with the intention of making a difference today but also improving the method of emergency food distribution for generations to come.
The expansion comes with added costs and logistics, so we thank our generous supporters for all they have done and will do in the future.