Thank You for Helping Us Fill The Hall!
Wow, just wow. The community really showed up for Gather at Fill the Hall back on June 27. Since it’s 2020, we were hoping for 20,000 pounds of food and $20,000 in cash donations to help mitigate the impact COVID-19 has had on Gather’s food pantry and resources. Not only did we meet that (we thought lofty) goal, but we had exceeded it by mid-day!
It was a truly magical day. Thanks to the 70+ mini food drives led by volunteers and neighborhood captains across the Seacoast, we started the day with 10,000 pounds! Beginning at 9am, folks walked up with bags of food for the pantry, stopping to take a picture with the red chairs under the marquee. Truckloads—even a boatload!—from neighborhood campaigns pulled up to the cheers of volunteers and staff sorting and documenting the day. Towns and cities who participated went as far out as Rochester, showing the extent of the impact of this food drive on the community.
Inside the Historic Theater, a rainbow of bags were set out on the 895 seats to demonstrate the socially distanced filling of the Hall. By the end of the day, we raised over $75,000 and collected 26,590 pounds of food for Gather. Thank you to all of the people who made this possible: the volunteers who ran mini food drives across the Seacoast, the kind and dedicated sponsors who promoted and collected, Gather and The Music Hall’s staff members, and all of you! Thank you.