Bags filled with delectable gourmet meals and wine arrived at the doorsteps of guests who eagerly awaited the 11th Annual Chefs of Compassion Gala event on the evening of April 1st, 2022. After all, enjoying gourmet food while virtually listening to inspirational client stories and casting votes for your favorite dish in the comfort of one's own home is a memorable experience!
This year's Chefs of Compassion event brought together friends and supporters of WVCS from throughout the community to raise funds that enable us to provide services to the constantly growing number of clients who come to our doors facing housing and food insecurity. Our emcee for the evening was Dr. Lloyd Holmes, who is a WVCS board member and the President of De Anza College. The program began with Jeanne Bradford, our WVCS Board chair, offering tributes to our honorees, Champions of Compassion Sharon & Jim Walker (Individuals), and Bank of America (Corporation).
Dr. Holmes wove the event together as he introduced videos of clients sharing stories about their experiences and the help they received from WVCS. The three competing chefs shared their journey to select and create each course, inspired by foods that can be found in the WVCS Market. Executive Director (and amateur comedian) Josh Selo entertained the more than 430 guests with WVCS trivia games and tales of his famous cookie-making. Attendees actively participated as they warmed and plated their 3 course dinner, enjoyed the feast, and cast their votes for their favorite dish created by the competing chefs.
Here is what attendees are saying about their experience this year:
"The stories told by the beneficiaries of WVCS touched our hearts and helped us realize the lifesaving work being done.”
“It was beautifully executed from beginning to end. Best food yet! Delivery of the meals was seamless. The program was so organized and well-paced.”
“It was very interesting to hear personal client stories. I was not familiar with WVCS before being invited to attend this event and I learned a lot. The meal, which I could eat at home!, was also delicious.”
We are truly grateful to all the sponsors, donors, and supporters in our community who helped us raise more than $315,000 to support the programs that feed, house, and sustain our community in need.
We hope you will join us when we come together again, hopefully in person, for Chefs of Compassion 2023!