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St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters started off the summer by holding the "Family Barbecue" in the Affinia Manhattan Hotel Ballroom. The party was presented by Con Edison, and Macy's was the Food Sponsor. Over 500 needy clients from one of our Food Pantries gathered for this annual western themed party. We were happy to add a group of young professionals from the American India Foundation to our growing family of volunteers. They joined volunteers from Con Edison, organized by Frances Resheske, Con Edison Senior Vice President, and helped greet the guests and served a great barbecue menu. Country music delighted everyone during the luncheon. Balloon sculptures were also created by some of the volunteers, while others did face painting for the children to add to the fun. This Family Barbecue was another special day for the clients and our volunteers as well - everyone had a great time together thanks to our Sponsors Con Edison and Macy's.

Volunteers from the American India Foundation helped with the luncheon.

Plates were filled with great barbecue food.

These volunteers had a great time serving the guests.

"This is a great party. Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries for caring about us."

Magic Dave delighted the crowd with his bag of tricks.

These "cowboys" from Con Edison helped move the serving line along.

"What a great lunch!"

These ladies enjoyed visiting with each other during the party.

Frances Resheske, Senior Vice President of Con Edison (center of front row) with some of the Con Edison volunteers.
Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters visits with some guests.
Fr. Francis Gasparik thanked the volunteers for their help.
"Face painting is easy, and the kids love it."
Two of children who enjoyed the balloon sculptures.