Hootenanny Benefit Dinner 2015






Farm Fresh Benefit Dinner
Host Chef Jonathan Wright of Rainbow Room

Rainbow-RoomOur 2015 5th annual fundraiser was a success thanks to people like YOU! A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Nearly 500 folks raised $137,500 in total from the HOOT! FarmOn! at Empire Farm and nearly $70,000 for FarmOn! Foundation programming. Over 500 people attended and the delicious farm fresh meal from 50+ family farms hosted by Rainbow Room Chef Jonathan Wright was memorable, delicious and rewarding.

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Thank you all ….for all you do, from all us Skoda’s to all of you !!!!!! kiss kiss hug hug.
Richard Skoda, Triple Creek Dairy

It was a pleasure meeting you, and seeing the farm. You have a wonderful project on your hands, and a fantastic team behind you; it was great to see so many people engage with agriculture and producers in such a meaningful way. I’m glad we were able to lend a hand setting up, I hope your event went smoothly.
Brittany Martin and David Gardiner

You are AWESOME and more… Your passion, generosity, and dedication are to be admired and respected. What other group of farmers have a Tessa to call their own? Thank goodness we have you! Your ideas and follow through have made us all more than what we were without you!
Jim and Karen Davenport, Tollgate Farm

Congratulations on a very successful event! The food, the people, and the setting were perfect!
— Best, Jane Wladar, publisher of Modern Mag

The food was outstanding!! Kudos to you and your team for getting the state education certification.
Dr. Sam Simon, founder of Hudson Valley Fresh

This was amazing!
Jenny Greene – Magliano

We had so much fun.
Stacey Hengsterman

Tessa, you are “priceless!” We all had such a wonderful time; still talking about it, as we likely will for years to come. You were gracious and so excited about the work. It is so personal, and also so wide-ranging…..the impact will show for years to come as well. We at SUNY are thrilled to be a part of Empire Farm and the launch of our applied learning initiative. The students will show us the way. Thanks for all.
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of SUNY

What a great night on Saturday! Thanks for all the good you are doing. Glad to be able to support something we feel so strongly about (and there are many facets to what you are doing that we greatly appreciate.). So good that you are working with SUNY and hope those kinds of relationships will only grow.
Hinda Bodinger

Thank you for a great evening and your great event.
Thomas Tyrrell

Thank you for a most delicious dinner.
Bob & Linda Fix, Fix Farms

What I would like to tell you is that it was the best “group” dinner I ever attended and I have attended many … None of them was as delicious, interesting, or as creative as last Saturday’s FarmOn! dinner. Congratulations and I look forward to next year.
Anna Winand

Wonderful evening and spectacular fundraiser.
Maggie Hull

This was amazing!
Jenny Greene – Magliano


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