FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2021
Joe Bauman, President
BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD CHAMBER’S VINE & DINE EVENT FUNDS 10,000 MEALS FOR GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN AND ALSO DONATES FUNDS TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Birmingham, MI – The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s annual signature event, Vine & Dine, returned with a roar, raising significant funds for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and local, participating restaurants. The event was presented by Chief Financial Credit Union.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber (BBChamber) hosted its 17th Vine & Dine September 14 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomfield Hills. The food and wine tasting featured nearly 20 food and wine vendors, live music, a silent auction, and wine pull. Funds raised from the event benefit chamber programming and Gleaners.
New this year, the BBChamber donated more than $2,000 to participating restaurants who have endured a particularly challenging past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting shutdowns.
“We know our local restaurants have suffered greatly from the pandemic, and we are so grateful they showed up in force, despite depleted workforces and operating capital, to support the amazing work of Gleaners,” said Chamber President Joe Bauman. “We wanted to share some of the proceeds with them as a way to at least help defray some of their costs for participating in the event.”
Gleaners Community Food Bank provides local families in need with access to sufficient, nutritious food, and related resources. This is accomplished this through collaboration, efficient operations, education, and innovative solutions to achieve a hunger-free community in southeast Michigan.
Gleaners provides food to more than 660 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies across the region, and supplements efforts of those partners by offering direct service drive-up grocery and food box distributions. In its fiscal year 2020, Gleaners distributed nearly 64 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. For more information, visit gcfb.org.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber is a membership organization dedicated to promoting the economic development, strengthen the business climate and improve the quality of life in the six communities it serves, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin.