Hundreds gathered at Vancouver's Five Sixty last night to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of A Loving Spoonful and honour the woman who started it all, in a
star-studded night of fun and entertainment.
Loving Spoonful founder Easter Aramas (pictured right) was front-and-center last
night as she greeted friends, volunteers, colleagues and donors in a lively evening
hosted by Linda Fillmore.
Along with performances from the likes of Sibel Thrasher,
Tracey Bell, Symone, Moolina (Doug Cameron) and the cast of Wiggle, Aramas was honored
by the organization for her ongoing work with A Loving Spoonful and their goal to
ensure no one living with HIV/AIDS goes hungry.
In the past 20 years,
A Loving Spoonful
has served over 1.75 million meals; grown from 5 clients to over 300; grown from
15 active volunteers to over 200, logging over 160,000 hours of volunteer time;
and raised over 12-million dollars in private donations.
“In 20 years we have accomplished more than I had ever imagined was possible,”
said Easter. “I am extremely thankful for all the volunteers and donors that have
generously supported us with their time and money, and extremely proud that we continue
to deliver meals that are not just highly nutritious, but also provide our clients
with a sense of community and show them that they are not alone or forgotten.”