HomeTask Founder and CEO Jerrod Sessler stopped by the food bank to drop off the check, as well as personally deliver several boxes of “Freggies” fresh organic produce for delivery. Jerrod met with Highline Area Director Mike Werle, bringing three sets of eager, ready hands to package boxes for the community – his three children, complete with (somewhat large) Burien Bite’s Apparel.
During the May 27 event, restaurant owners prepared dishes, people brought their appetites, and residents hit the streets to enjoy a beautiful Washington day in downtown Burien. With nine restaurants participating, Burien Bites took an innovative approach at fundraising for charity – participants purchase a $10 entry fee, which gave them access to $5 and $10 flat-rate plates that local purveyors prepared for the “best of” food sample smorgasbord.
Registration proceeds were donated to four local charities – Highline Area Food Bank, New Futures, Highline Schools Foundation and the YETI Club. These charities are featured on the Burien Charities board outside of the HomeTask offices on SW 152nd.
“Burien Bites raised $2,000 in its first year, but the success is far greater than a check,” Sessler said. “The people of Burien came out to eat local and come together as a community, and that’s the greatest success of all. Burien Bites and HomeTask are contributing to making Burien great!”
After moving the main HomeTask offices, which manages nearly 200 locations nationwide, Sessler added:
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“We didn’t want to have a typical self-serving sort of grand opening. We wanted to do something that would benefit the community.”