Our seventh Provision – and our two year anniversary! – was Sunday, February 17. It was a pleasure to celebrate our anniversary back at New Urban Arts. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting, and, as always, by eating.
We fed 130 or so people, including volunteers.
We spent about $837 on the meal and other event-related set-up items.
We collected $760 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $354 at the door/for cash reservations, and $553 for a la carte beverages.
We awarded $600 to Grove St Apiary, and $350 to Providence’s Next Generation of Awesome Screenprinters, and $200 to One Gun Gone (see proposal info in the menu below). This was our first dinner awarding three grants! We used the balance of reservation, door, and beverage monies to cover event costs – but this time we also had a surplus to put toward awards (we saved some of our income from the last Provision for maintenance costs – we needed a new hot plate, to replace some lighting equipment, etc. – but we didn’t spend all of it . . . so we were able to give it away!).
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points received the Provision grant (and a bouquet of flowers).
Download July’s menu here: ProvisionMenu_February17_2013. Proposals are within. Please note this updated special thanks list:
Setup/backstage/waiter/clean up folks John Demetrick, Carolyn Gennari, Andrew Cook, Caitlin Cali, SueEllen Kroll, James Sawyer, Simcha Davis, Lena Sawyer, Dana Heng, Maren Jensen, Dyan Dealy, Sophie Candelaria, Sara Merritt, Rebecca Sokoll, Walker Mettling, and Julia Gualtieri. Thanks also to bread makers Fay Strongin and Ian Cozzens and soup chefs Carolyn Gennari and our own Neal Walsh. Also thanks to Community MusicWorks students August Packard, Andrew Oung, and Alondra Rivera for the lovely music; to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our beautiful logo; and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our stunning posters.
We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, or would like to volunteer at a future Provision, don’t hesitate to contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.
See photos from February 17 here: