PRESS RELEASE. Holidays coming. Please DONATE. They can not have their yearly wine tasting fundraiser this year due to Covid, but their good works have never been needed more. Their reinvention is a miracle of love and compassion. Donate so they can serve more. With the Holidays Season coming up, there will be more need.
We regret the need to cancel our “Half Moon Bay Wine Tasting & VIRTUAL Community Gathering” we had hoped to share with all of you. The COVID-19 Pandemic and the many “unknowns” in the coming weeks made it an impossible feat this year.
We are pleased to report, with the devotion of our TABLE of PLENTY (TOP) volunteers and partners, we have been able to continue to fulfill TOP’s mission as a weekly supper for struggling families, seniors, and homeless. The realities of the pandemic, with changing government requirements, have demanded rapid thinking, instant change, and new partner-collaborations with benefits for all. The transformation of TOP operations has been miraculous. We went from a weekly sit-down dining room with flowers, live music, and delicious, nourishing meals with all the trimmings to trying out new ways to deliver excellence to each person we serve:
- Week 1: Take-Home
- Week 2: Take-Out
- Week 3: Personal Home Delivery,
which became our repeatable process for serving the most vulnerable in our community.
Our partners and collaborators: Senior Coastsiders, Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, Coastside Hope, Half Moon Bay Bakery, No Strings Attached, Simms Organics, IDES, and you, our faithful donors. Thank you!
The TABLE of PLENTY was founded in 2012 by a Priest and a Wine Merchant: Father Charlie Fermeglia in partnership with Clyde Beffa, wine merchant and long time resident of Half Moon Bay.
Only 20 TOP volunteers serve a greater need. We are working smarter and faster to deliver 220 meals each week—70 more than before COVID-19. TOP ambassadors reach out by phone to those alone and isolated.
“DOING TOGETHER WHAT WE COULD NEVER DO ALONE…”
—Sister Jeanette Braun, SNDdeN, TOP Founding Director
CANCELLED. But Please Donate Anytime to Table of Plenty to Support a Weekly Supper for Struggling Families, Elders, Homeless, and Hungry
Mon September 28 – Sat November 21
About this Event
TABLE of PLENTY Half Moon Bay:
The TABLE of PLENTY (TOP) was founded in 2012 by a Priest and a Wine Merchant: Fr. Charlie Fermeglia in partnership with Clyde Beffa Jr, long-time Half Moon resident and wine merchant. Our inspiration: “…Jesus was a clever guy. …He knew that food gathers people. I never fully understood its impact until we experienced at the TABLE of PLENTY. It gives us another opportunity to ground people in making our religion concrete by putting our FAITH into action for the common good here in Half Moon Bay. — Fr. Charlie Fermeglia, founding father (HMB Review 2012)
Learn more on our website: http://www.tableofplentyhmb. org
TOP Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic:Strengthening Community through Innovation and Partnership
After operating as an all-volunteer organization since 2012, the TABLE of PLENTY in Half Moon Bay we admit we were caught by suprise by the sudden impact of COVID-19 Pandemic as we have been across our nation and the world. We have been committed to our mission of bringing a distinctive supper to struggling families, elders, homeless and hungry, 52 weeks a year. In the process we created community from strangers. and we Confronted with unexpected has been humbling and inspiring all in one.The story below shares what happened and the small miracles that took place working together to feed our most vulnerable.
DON’T MISS THIS! We deeply appreciate Frances Hesselbein, who has affirmed and supported the TABLE of PLENTY Half Moon Bay since we first began in 2012. We are deeply honored for her recent acknowledgement of our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic…
A Message from FRANCES HESSELBEIN:
We are in touch with so many friends, collaborators and colleagues who have pivoted, adapted and reinvented themselves during this demanding and stressful time.
Nonprofit organizations are particularly challenged, as they work with communities whose needs haven’t changed, while the way we work in the world has been turned up-side-down in many ways. One example is the TABLE of PLENTY (TOP), a weekly supper for struggling families, elders, homeless and hungry in Half Moon Bay, CA. Current realities of the pandemic with changing requirements have demanded rapid thinking, instant change, new partner-collaborations with benefits for all, and devotion to mission. It is quite miraculous imagining the transformation of TOP operations over three weeks. They went from a weekly sit-down dining experience with flowers and live music and a delicious, nourishing meal with all the trimmings to delivering excellence in new ways:
Week 1-TAKE-HOME, Week 2-TAKE-OUT, Week 3-PERSONAL HOME DELIVERY where you are…
What else is new? TOP is shopping online, picking up freshly baked bread at a small local bakery, and new appointed TOP ambassadors making thoughtful phone calls to those alone and isolated. TOP’s founding director, Sr. Jeanette Braun, says it best: “Our TOP volunteers strive to reflect LOVING ONE ANOTHER in our work At this time of crisis, we’ve been blessed with an opportunity to prove how powerful love is in reinventing and sustaining the communities we serve.”
Moving stories like this one give us all hope and affirm that our WORK at its best is LOVE made visible.— Frances Hesselbein
ABOUT Frances Hesselbein… Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and renamed in 2012 to honor Frances Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990 as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.
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The Priest and the Wine Merchant
TOP’s Founding Fathers
In the fall of 2012, there was no brainstorming or long conversations needed to prompt the great idea. It was a simple exchange between Fr. Charlie Fermeglia and Clyde Beffa, co-owner and wine director of K&L Wine Merchants. They stood outside at Clyde’s car in front of the rectory at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in Half Moon Bay, California. Clyde unloaded some wine as a gift for the priests and mentioned that he wanted to do something special in honor of his mother’s life. Fr. Charlie popped the question, “How about a wine tasting?” Clyde’s answer was “Yes!”—and the rest is history. What followed in less than 6 weeks would engage the parish family and gather people from the greater community. The 3-hour event would also spawn the Table of Plenty (TOP), a weekly supper for struggling families, seniors, and homeless people in our coastal community—and what could be a more moving tribute to Mary Beffa, an immigrant mother, than to know her son is carrying on the legacy that she taught him at the table, “there is always room for one more.” Again at first glance, one might think these two innovators didn’t have much in common. However, the partnership isn’t so surprising once you know that love of family and deeply held values are the common ground. Both are sons of immigrant families. Both love cooking and good food. Both care about their community and the people in it—and were raised by mothers who planted the seed—the one that shapes who we become and how we see and care about the world around us.
That first wine tasting event started what would be the early beginnings of Table of Plenty. Through that single event that lasted 3 hours, we were able to raise over sixteen thousand dollars which represented Table of Plenty’s seed money for the first year, allowing us to prepare and serve warm, healthy supper for struggling families and homeless people every Thursday evening in Half Moon Bay. Table of Plenty stands to this day as a tribute to Clyde Beffa’s mother who believe that regardless of how little or how much food you have, there is always room for one more at the dinner table.
From Idea to Start-Up in Six Weeks
There were a few quick and hard lessons to learn. Producing a wine tasting event was new to Fr. Charlie—and the notion of the Table of Plenty had not yet emerged; Sr. Jeanette had not yet arrived on the scene — and there was a great need to bring people together. Tasting wines from around the world provided a fun, community- building opportunity.
The work began by forming a small multitalented, cross-disciplinary wine tasting leadership team and building a meaningful purpose. Fr. Charlie hand selected a few people known for delivering results and by answering a key question: What have you always wanted to do? Fr. Charlie began rattling off every detail (right down to the meal itself) that he had envisioned about what would become the Table of Plenty, a weekly supper for the hungry. He spoke of the need he knew existed and of inspirations experienced in Half Moon Bay and San Francisco, as well as biblical stories of Jesus feeding the hungry and helping the needy. “The vision isn’t a soup-kitchen buffet, but a nice sit-down meal respectfully served on tables with tablecloths. It’s exciting to me to think that something like this could be a bridge to communication among people of different cultures, lifestyles, opinions, of faith or of no faith.” The vision for the Table of Plenty gave everyone something significant to believe in and strive to create together.
Sr. Jeanette moved into town and accepted Fr. Charlie’s offer to be TOP’s founding director. She built our TOP all-volunteer team. Our first supper was in January 2013. The rest is history…
Excerpts above are from about our founding story published in Leader to Leader, an award-winning global business journal (John Wiley –Josey Bass 2015): “View from the TOP: Universal Principles for Building Community and Achieving Results” written by Fr. Charlie Fermeglia, Sr. Jeanette Braun, and Debbe Kennedy by invitation. Read the article or download a copy at this link: http://bit.ly/1NWbaR5