500,000 Meals?!


Friends, 24 hours ago we didn't think this was possible! It's been an amazing day with can counts and last-minute donations coming in – large and small. A very generous donation from a friend of PTAA and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC supporter put us over the top, and we've just kept going! We're not sharing the final number yet – donations continue to come in, and the website will be open for several more weeks – but we can say we've PASSED THE GOAL! The winner of the Clyde Fitzgerald Owner's Cup will be announced at the Diamond Awards next spring. Until then, more pictures to come from our incredible drive!

Posted by Piedmont Triad Apartment Association on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Earlier this year PTAA’s Food Drive Committee set a crazy, audacious goal: raise enough food and money for Second Harvest Food Bank to provide 500,000 meals. Why’s that audacious? Because the 2018 goal was 225,000 meals! But, they would not be deterred and when then the drive kicked off on May 1 they were determined to meet that crazy milestone.

Well, we’re happy to report that around noon on July 31, the day that marked the official end of the food drive, we received an anonymous donation that put us over the top and we succeeded in meeting the 500,000 meal goal! Much credit and thanks are due to:

  • All of the PTAA member communities, management companies and supplier partners who enthusiastically participated in the drive.
  • The Food Drive Committee, co-chaired by Renee Phillips and Tyler Hunt, who did a great job organizing and recruiting volunteers for our food drive-related events.
  • All of PTAA’s Volunteers; especially those hardy souls who stood out in the heat to collect food for Fill the Stands With Cans.
  • The Greensboro Grasshoppers, High Point Rockers and Winston-Salem Dash who partnered with us for Fill the Stands With Cans.
  • WXII for also partnering with us by filming and airing promotional videos for the Fill the Stands With Cans games and by covering the games on their broadcasts.
  • PTAA’s staff who work hard throughout the year coordinating with Second Harvest and providing the Committee with the resources they need to do their thing.

I’m sure I forgot to thank some folks, so let me just end by saying, “Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!” to everyone who made this year’s Food Drive a tremendous success.

Now, if you’re reading this and still have food or money to donate, it’s not too late. Just contact Stephanie Beeman at PTAA (stephanie AT piedmonttaa.org) and she can help you out.

Saying Goodbye to Clyde

PTAA has been supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC since 2003 with a variety of food drives and other projects, and during that time we got to know Clyde Fitzgerald, who was their CEO until retiring earlier this year, very well. Clyde was passionate about feeding the hungry and helping those in our community who had the least, and his energy was infectious. Even though PTAA was never the biggest supporter of Second Harvest in terms of food or money collected, Clyde always made sure we understood how important our efforts were and the difference they made to the community.

We were saddened to learn that Clyde passed away on November 18 and we wanted to share the letter that Second Harvest sent with the news because it truly tells you what kind of person he was. He will be missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.

Dear Friends,
It is with deep sadness that we share that Clyde Fitzgerald, Jr., our former CEO, beloved friend, and passionate advocate for the eradication of hunger in our time, passed away this morning, November 18, 2018.
Our Second Harvest Food Bank family, and all who knew him, will miss Clyde more than words can adequately express. We are committed to honoring his legacy through our continuing work to “provide food and hope to those who have too little of both’ (one of our favorite, always heartfelt, quotes from Clyde).
Clyde was adamant that “hunger is a human tragedy that exists only because we as a community allow it to exist.” Every day, we will strive to achieve his vision, knowing that hunger is a problem that can be solved…working together in our communities.
We will remember these words he shared often and lived by each and every day: “It’s always the right time to help somebody in need.”
In true Clyde fashion, he fought a valiant fight surrounded by his loving wife Carol, their devoted children, his dear friend and predecessor at the helm of Second Harvest Nan Griswold… and lifted in love and respect by his Food Bank family and so, so many special friends.
Today, we all mourn the loss of Clyde in our lives. In the days ahead, many stories of Clyde’s impact in our lives and our community will be remembered and shared. We invite you to share your stories with us, so that we may all take comfort in them through the loss of our friend.
With care,
Eric Aft, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank
and the entire Food Bank family
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