Celebrating 15 years of tackling hunger for Northeast Ohio families, the Taste of the Browns Celebrity Dinner returned to the Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday, Sept. 9,
The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Cleveland Foodbank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization.
This year’s event drew 1200 guests and raised $175,086. This translates into just over 700,000 meals – so important as the Foodbank heads into the holiday season.
“We were excited to work as partners again with the Cleveland Browns as we tackle hunger in Northeast Ohio at the 15th annual Taste of the Browns,” said Anne Goodman, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foodbank. “As always, we look forward to celebrating our city’s love of its sports team and our unique and acclaimed culinary talents, all while providing hundreds of thousands of meals to needy Northeast Ohioans.”
This year’s fundraiser featured more than 30 of the region’s finest restaurants and chefs, such as Rocco Whalen (Fahrenheit, Rosie and Rocco’s), Zack Bruell (Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, L’Albatros Brasserie, Parallax, Table 45) and Jonathon Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern)..Honorary event co-chairs were current All-Pro Left Tackle Joe Thomas and the return of past Browns Alumni Co-Chairs.
Attendees bid on silent and live auction items to benefit the Foodbank. The auctions included items such as complimentary one-day Park Hopper passes Disneyworld, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; four lower box tickets to a 2013 regular season home game with the Cleveland Indians; autographed Browns memorabilia; and much more.
The event was held in the City View Club Lounge in FirstEnergy Stadium.
About the Cleveland Foodbank
The Cleveland Foodbank works to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.It provides food and critical nonfood products to local nonprofit organizations that serve hungry individuals across Northeast Ohio. In 2012,the Foodbank made it possible for more than 34 million meals to go to more than 700 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in six counties, including Cuyahoga, Ashland, Richland, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula. For more information, visit www.clevelandfoodbank.org.