The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be holding a Rhode Island Community Food Bank Thanksgiving fundraiser on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of RIDOT's Providence headquarters at Two Capitol Hill. All of the money raised through staff donations will go directly to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Every dollar raised at RIDOT's Food Bank event translates into over three pounds of food for Rhode Islanders in need.
In addition, a baking contest will be judged by Johnson & Wales University, College of Culinary Arts Associate Instructor Frank Terranova. Chef Terranova has been with Johnson & Wales since 1990. He has received the College's prestigious Escoffier Award as well as their Publishing Award and their Professional Development Award.
Awards will be given for First Place in the contest categories of Cake or Cupcake, Pie, Cookie, and Brownie.
WJAR Channel 10's Weekend Sunrise Anchor Mario Hilario will also be in attendance to assist with the judging and present the awards. Hilario has been with NBC 10 since 1997. He won an Associated Press award for his work on "Where Do We Live?" and is a five-time Emmy award nominee.
Donations of $5 will give participants access to a homemade and store bought dessert buffet. All of the sweet treats will be donated.
RIDOT held a similar charitable campaign this Spring for the Rhode Island Blood Center's National Marrow Donor Program, Be the Match. Nearly 120 staffers signed up and were entered into this important registry.
Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450