March 16 2016

Letter: Thanks to Everyone for Making PHP Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction a Success

By: Letter to the Editor

The following is a Letter to the Editor from Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald of People Helping People: 

The People Helping People Fundraising Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Murray owner of the Café Escadrille for hosting the 5th Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction that was held on Sunday, February 28th.

This year the event was once again sold out with 200 tickets being sold in advance.


Once again Bob Murray was the ultimate host of this event.  He opened the doors to the Escadrille on a Sunday which is usually a day the function side and restaurant is closed.  What people don’t realize is that the entire event is donated by Bob.  PHP doesn’t pay for anything for this event.   When you walked into the doors of the Escadrille you were greeted with a glass of champagne.  Upon entering the ballroom there were four wine stations with multiple choices of wine.  As you sipped you wine and champagne appetizers were served.  Then when you were ready for something “more” the choices were endless. A sushi bar, lamb and chicken parm sliders to name a few. The various stations of food along with an abundance choice of breads and rolls, vegetables and dips left you wanting for nothing.   Then for those with a sweet tooth the choices were endless.  A long table was filled with pastries, sweets and fruit!  Chef Brian Theurer really outdid himself once again!

A special thank you to Director of Special Events Jessica Reynolds who spent countless hours working with the Fundraising Committee to ensure the success of the day!  Also on hand the day of the event was Manager of Special Events Jessica Spry.  As usual all the staff of the Escadrille went out of their way to accommodate all the guests in attendance.  Thank you also to Michael Murray Jr. who, like his uncle, goes above and beyond for People Helping People.   

We will forever be grateful to Bob Murray for reaching out to People Helping People and helping us raise funds and visibility for our organization.  We have mentioned before that what people don’t know about Bob is that he is the one that approaches PHP on numerous occasions to help our organization.   Words can’t describe what affect he has had on People Helping People these past five years.   This continues to be the most successful event for our organization.   We are truly blessed to be part of this wonderful community. 

Janet Sullivan Fitzgerald, 


People Helping People

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