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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Thursday, January 13, 2005

They Say It's Your Birthday

Tonight Jill organized a belated birthday dinner for me at FareStart in downtown Seattle. FareStart is a charity organization whose goal is to provide life service skills and job training in the food service industry to homeless men and women. Graduates from their program are placed in a variety of food service-related positions such as restaurant kitchens and dining rooms, foodservice companies, and banquet operations.

Every Thursday evening, FareStart brings in a special guest chef for a charity dinner to raise money for the organization. Tonight's dinner was sponsored by Lisa Dupar of Lisa Dupar Catering. I had a yummy vegetarian entree which consisted of a gnocchi with roasted squash in a sage cream sauce.

11 of my best friends joined us for dinner which made for a very enjoyable celebration. It was great to get to chat with everyone and catch up on what folks have been up to lately. I even scored a copy of Madden 2005 and a gift certificate to the Sonic Boom as birthday presents! To top it off, as a group we ended up donating $300 to FareStart. We are also going to submit it through our corporate matching program which should bring the total to $600! All in all a really great experience, and definitely something I'd like to do again for future birthdays :-)

2 Comments:

Blogger Jill said...

Is that a hint? ;)

10:41 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chalk this up as another belated Happy Birthday buddy..., as I recall your BD was the 24th?

~Tim

8:04 PM

 

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