Father Bill’s and MainSpring holds annual FoodFest – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

The fundraiser raises money for the agency’s emergency shelters in Quincy and Brockton.

HINGHAM – Jerry Goldberg, of Hingham, volunteers at Father Bill’s and MainSpring homeless shelter weekly, serving breakfast to the hundreds who rely on the shelter.

“They take care of the homeless and they’re everywhere, they’re all over the community,” said Goldberg.

Goldberg and over 1,000 other attendees gathered at the Hingham Beer Works and The Launch at Hingham Shipyard for Father Bill’s & MainSpring’s annual fundraiser FoodFest. Chefs from restaurants all around the South Shore served up Asian and Indian cuisine, ice cream, and pizza, all under one tent showcasing the ocean and for a good cause.

The fundraiser supports the agency’s goal of closing the funding gap at its emergency shelters for the homeless in Quincy and Brockton. The state covers less than 50% of the agency’s costs. CEO John Yazwinski said Father Bill’s and MainSpring hopes to raise $300,000 in order to close the gap between state funding and the revenue of the organization, a nonprofit that works to end homelessness. The organization shelters an average of 225 individuals each night in its Quincy and Brockton shelters.

“This is our signature event,” said Yazwinski. “We hope that people will spend a few dollars to support our mission to make sure people aren’t sleeping outside in the South Shore.”

Liz Kim, assistant vice president of Claim with the Arbella Insurance Group and a longtime Father Bill’s and MainSpring board member, was presented with the Richard C. & Virginia A. Welch Dedicated Volunteer Award.

Yazwinski said that Kim played a central role in having Arbella employees volunteer at Father Bill’s shelters, calling her “our angel.”

“I’m humbled and very honored… it’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Kim.

Raffle prizes included a chance to attend a live taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show and a Boston Bruin’s jersey signed by all the players. Attendees who entered the raffle could also have a choice between a three-night stay at New Orleans, San Diego, or Monterey, Calif.

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