Seeds Of Love For Errol (created 9.25.09)
Some customers who we became quick friends with, and gave advice to when they needed to start a bakery, had a child named Errol who was born with a heart defect called pulmonary atresia. Well, it turns out, we weren't the only people they're friends with; as a community project supporting Errol Clifford and his family was born from their need. It was called Seeds of Love for Errol, and the event happened September 19th, 2009 at the Vintage Theatre. Local people lovingly grew food and donated it, which was then lovingly prepared by local chefs donating their time. Then about 400 people bought a ticket, ate some amazing food, enjoyed the live music donated by the Darnell Woodies and the acapella group, drank the donated wine, bought the fig preserves and brought in more funds than the projected goal! We went home feeling that all was right in the world; at least for that evening. Sadly, Errol only lived for 3 more months, but he touched the hearts of more people in this town than anyone else we know.
All the other chefs had to serve dinner at their respective restaurants, so Mary directed the entire affair from this makeshift tent-kitchen on a patio out back.
A swarm of volunteers helped Mary accomplish the task. Margaret Neff and souschef Riley were two of the hardest working, in a very dedicated staff.
Mary monitors the beginning of service, while Riley serves up tenderloin as fast as one man can.
Organizer Clare Fader shows her appreciation for a smooth running event.
Hungry fans of Errol await their turn at the buffet table.
Errol and his dad John enjoyed the entertainment, and everyone who participated in this event went home with new friends in mind, and a feeling that Winston Salem can be what we want it to be; when we put our hearts and minds to it.